Catalan-American Community in Strong Support of Nov.’14 Independence Referendum

31.12.2013

Author: Francesc Martí

Source: Catalan Institute of America

Logo_CIoA-smallThe Catalan Institute of America, in representation of Catalans in the United States, issued a message in strong support of Catalonia’s democratic right to hold a vote on its future on Nov. 9th, 2014. The 2014 vote is based on broad consensus in Catalan society on the right of Catalonia to decide its own future, and enjoys wide support across the political spectrum. The Catalan Institute will take an active role advocating for the right of Catalan-Americans to vote in this crucial referendum, and will campaign in decisively in favor of a vote for independence.

bcnIn a crucial step towards independence, on Dec. 12th, 2013 political forces constituting two-thirds of Catalan Parliament agreed to put before voters two questions: “Do you want Catalonia to be a state?” and “Do you want that state to be independent?” The date for the vote was set for Nov. 9th, 2014. The decision to hold the vote comes a year after pro-referendum parties won elections that were widely labeled a vote on the issue of sovereignty, and following massive pro-independence rallies on Sept. 11th 2012 and 2013, both of which attracted over 1.5 million people, a record for European political demonstrations.

The Catalan Institute urges all sides, as well as the international community, to embrace Catalans’ inalienable right to vote as the key to a democratic, negotiated and peaceful outcome -and to honor what the Catalan people decide in a free and responsible manner. We also urge Catalan political parties to live by their commitment to the Catalan people to hold the vote and to not back down in the face of expected pressure from Madrid.

 

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