Row over Catalonian 'battered woman'

7th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2005, MADRID - The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia set off a storm of protest after he compared his government to a "battered woman".

7 March 2005

MADRID - The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia set off a storm of protest after he compared his government to a "battered woman".

"My government sometimes feels like a battered woman," said Pasqual Maragall, at a public reception two days before the celebration of international Women's Day.

The vice-president of Spain's Socialist government, Mari Teres Fernandez de La Vega, called for Maragall, also a Socialist, to not mix political debate with the social tragedy suffered by thousands of women who are battered by husbands or partners.

The president of the Madrid region Esperanza Aguirre described Maragall's comments as "deplorable".

"What a maltreated woman feels cannot in anyway be compared to a political problem," said Aguirre said.

The Spanish government adopted a law in 2004 to combat maltreatment of women.

Maragall made the controversial comments with reference to the long rivalry between the central government of Madrid and Catalonia, which wants greater devolution.

Traditionally, Catalonia has complained it contributes more to than it receives from the central government.

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Subject: Spanish news

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