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Catalan businesses join street protesters in pro-Spain message

Already battered by a corporate stampede to exit the region, the Catalan president is struggling to maintain support

Charles Penty Maria Tadeo & Angeline Benoit | Bloomberg 

Catalan business executives stepped up their push to defuse a separatist movement as thousands gathered in Barcelona on Sunday to demand the region stay in Spain. Chairman Juan Jose Brugera led a delegation from Cercle d’Economia, a business forum, that met with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on Saturday in Girona to demand he withdraw his threat to declare a Catalan republic, said Jordi Alberich, the group’s director general. The Cercle’s board includes CaixaBank Chairman Jordi Gual and Jaime Guardiola, chief executive officer of Banco Sabadell. “We asked him ...

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 02:37 IST