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Catalans will soon answer the following question: Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?

The president of the Generalitat de Catalunya (The Government of Catalonia), Carles Puigdemont, recently announced that the Catalan sovereign referendum was convened for October 1, 2017. On November 9, 2014, the previous Catalan president, Artur Mas announced a polling to the Catalan people, which was considered totally illegal and non-effective by the Spanish government, that raised two questions:



Do you want Catalonia to become a State? And if the answer was affirmative, the other one was posed:

Do you want this State to become independent? The 80.76% of the Catalan voters voted yes to the two questions proposed. Therefore, they demanded Catalonia to be a State and to be independent, according to the data offered by the website of the Generalitat. The participation in the alternative Catalan enquiry of 9-N was 2,305,290 people out of a list of registered voters of 5,510,798 people. Artur Mas stated the results an "overwhelming success". But many Catalan people are still surprised by the despising and inflexible response of the government of Spain and other institutions of the state, including its allied Media.


Surprisingly, a state that wants to boast about democracy is dealing with the Catalans with contempt and hatred.

According to Carles Camp, a chemistry graduate and a fan of the history of Catalonia and creator in 2003 of the Foundation for Historic Studies of Catalonia to fight against all injustices against the Catalan nation, Spain has not treated Catalonia well since the Spanish military invasion of 1714 and Catalonia’s subsequent defeat. With few exceptions, the historical treatment received by Catalonia has always been repressive, brutal and disrespectful and has always followed three slogans: despoilment, humiliation and contempt.

Carles Camp said that the ruling class of Spain considered that Catalonia was their property, all of it: the territory, the forests, the inhabitants and its money and resources. Even the Catalan language was prohibited and intended to be extinguished along the centuries. Perhaps this attitude could be understood in the first moments when the war ended.


The problem is that decades, centuries later, and generation after generation, political regimes of all kinds have passed, and this concept of 'property' has not changed at all. At best, the shapes or appearances may have varied, but the essence has not changed since 1714. Camp adds in an article on the web that, since September 2012, when a clear and powerful independence movement began to take shape, Spain has continued its ancestral and traditional style of solving problems with Catalonia.


They have been developing exaggeratedly their legal corpus against the Catalan sovereign aspirations and have sent unfair and aggressive judgements against them. Spanish media are lying and distorting as much as they need. The Spanish diplomatic corps does not stop lobbying against Catalan sovereignty even by lying, under threat of veto, to European politicians about the future of an independent Catalonia.


They use the secret services to spy on elected officials and other Catalan nationalists, as well as relatives and related people, in addition to publishing information about alleged tax offenses that result in falsehood. We, Catalans, have had to endure low flights of their military and manoeuvring aircraft from their army in our territory, often close to populated areas. Not to mention massive and expensive computer attacks against the websites of the Generalitat at certain sensitive moments (as on the 9N enquiry).


All resources at brute force. On the other hand, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the most influential newspaper in Germany, has stated that, with the management of the terrorist attack in Barcelona and the disbandment of the Jihadist group, "Catalonia has acted almost as an independent State." In El, a Catalan digital newspaper, it was stressed that it was "very significant" from a diplomatic point of view that the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, received the German and French Foreign Ministers, Sigmar Gabriel and Jean-Yves Le Drian, while the minister Alfonso Dastis did not appear in Barcelona until three days after the attack. In this newspaper, it is also pointed out that the Catalan Government has been reinforced by these facts "a few weeks" before the referendum on October 1.


Along the same lines, the Spanish government, with Mariano Rajoy at the head, is opposed to the plebiscite, but the Catalan government plans to take it forward wThese days the Catalan Parliament has approved the law of the referendum and the transitional law despite all the legal obstacles that the central state is imposing. Monday, September 11 is the national day of Catalonia and that day will be the test of fire for the path to freedom and independence.


Carme Cruelles Rosales

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