Newly elected Catalan parliamentary president Roger Torrent (ERC) said that the first step of the legislature would be “to end the intervention in our institutions,» during his maiden speech as head of the parliamentary board on Wednesday. Torrent lamented the absence of imprisoned and exiled Catalan leaders. “I would not be honest or responsible with what we protect if I didn’t strongly report... Еще on this situation, if I didn’t report the empty seats. In this chamber there are 135 voices, and I have to defend the right of expression of all of them, the ones that are here, but, especially, those that cannot be here.” He also referred to the current Spanish government’s intervention in Catalan politics. “We need to recover the institutional normality that is necessary to serve the demands and wills of the people,» he said. The parliamentary session was wrapped up with a cry of “freedom, freedom” for the imprisoned and exiled Catalan leaders, except some members, like those of Ciutadans or PP, who left the chamber.