Carles Puigdemont, questioned by people who paid homage to Antonio Machado in the cemetery of Colliure
Citizens who paid homage to Antonio Machado, today, in the tomb where he is buried in Colliure, have been surprised by the appearance of Carles Puigdemont. The former president of the Generalitat has arrived without representatives of the media but accompanied by a group of people, one of whom has placed an independentist flag next to the Spanish Republican flag that presides over the poet’s grave.
The flag has been immediately withdrawn by the attendees and Puigdemont has had to leave after being questioned and booed by some of them. The group of people who accompanied him has shouted ‘President Puigdemont’ who have been replicated with others complaining about his presence.
A member of the ex-president’s group has defended his appearance by saying that he is exiliated as Machado was, this has still angered more the people who had gone to the Colliure cemetery to honor the memory of the poet who left Spain fleeing the Francoism.
For them, comparing the escape of the former president of the Generalitat after proclaiming the independence of Catalonia with the forced asylum of the poet by the civil war is an insult to the memory of Machado.
In Puigdemont’s twitter profile there has been no information either before or after passing through the cemetery.
Antonio Machado died in Colliure on February 22, 1939, after crossing the border with France seventeen days earlier.