Carmen Calvo says Quim Torra should go further in condemning violence by separatist protesters

Spain’s deputy prime minister has told the Catalan president to “stop lying” to the region by promising independence, and accused rightwing Spanish parties of “irresponsibility, disloyalty and selfishness” as the country reels from a week of violent protests across Catalonia.

The supreme court’s imprisonment last Monday of nine separatist leaders for sedition over their roles in the failed bid for Catalan independence two years ago prompted violent unrest that left two people in a critical condition, hundreds more injured and cost more than €2m (£1.7m).

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