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Familieleden politieke gevangenen krijgen massale steun


BARCELONA — De Diada van 2018 is al verleden tijd. Meer dan één miljoen Catalanen kwamen op straat in Barcelona. Niet enkel om hun eis naar onafhankelijkheid bij te zetten. Maar ook om de vrijheid van de politieke gevangenen te eisen, de terugkeer van de ballingen en het opschorten van de gerechtelijke procedures tegen een duizendtal burgers.

Zware straffen

Een geweldloze betoging organiseren, antimonarchistische songteksten schrijven, ironische tweets publiceren, met een clownsneus poseren naast een Guardi Civil, lessen burgerschap geven op school… In Spanje ben je dezer dagen al snel staatsgevaarlijk. En gerechtelijke vervolging, tot gevangenisstraf, is dan je deel.

Omnium Cultural

Een duizendtal burgers die op een of andere manier meewerkten aan de demonstraties voorafgaand aan en volgend op het onafhankelijkheidsreferendum op 1 oktober 2017 hangt zware straffen boven het hoofd. Negen Catalenen zitten in de gevangenis. Zeven politici en de twee voorzitters van de organisaties die jaarlijks de Diada organiseren: Jordi Cuixart en Jordi Sanchez.

Families van gevangenen

Doorbraak had een gesprek met drie familieleden van de slachtoffers van wat hier gemeenzaam de Spaanse repressie heet. Alba Puig Romañach, de dochter van minister in ballingschap in Brussel Lluís Puig. Bernet Pegueroles Mayor, echtgenoot van oud-parlementsvoorzitter Carme Forcadell. Susanna Barreda Cortiella, echtgenote van ANC-voorzitter en ondertussen, vanuit de gevangenis verkozen, parlementslid Jordi Sanchez. […]





Up to one million people are expected on the streets to continue their fight for independence

On September 11, up to one million people are set to take part in a mass mobilisation in Barcelona. The biggest of the demonstrations will take place [Catalan] on Avenue Diagonal, one of the city’s biggest roads. These plans are part of the ongoing campaign for an independent Catalonia.

September 11 is a significant date for Catalonia. It’s ‘La Diada de Catalunya’ – the Catalan National Day. In 2017, the La Diada protests attracted a million people and took place just weeks before the referendum on Catalan independence.

“A turning point”

The demonstrations are being organised [Catalan] by the Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC). The ANC describes itself as “the biggest democratic and peaceful grassroots movement in Europe”.

Announcing this year’s mobilisation, ANC President Elisenda Paluzie said:

This year’s day should be a turning point to get the republic

Alongside the main demonstrations, a series of other events are planned. They will focus on building international support for Catalan independence. The pro-independence group Foreign Friends of Catalonia is behind the other events.

Ongoing struggle

The campaign for Catalan independence has a long history. But in the last year, its activities and prominence have grown. And resistance from Spain has also intensified.

In 2017, eight Catalan leaders were jailed. Their imprisonment followed the Catalan parliament’s decision to declare independence from Spain following a controversial referendum. They were recently joined by a further five former Catalan government ministers and spokespeople. Amnesty International is amongst those who have condemned the imprisonments.

In October 2017, former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont fled to Belgium in order to avoid arrest. The Spanish state is trying to have him extradited to Spain. But on 28 July, it failed in its latest attempt to do so.

Action by pro-Independence groups has also continued in Barcelona. Earlier in July, a protest calling for the release of imprisoned Catalan leaders hit the city. This followed similar protests in April which attracted over 300,000 people.

The movement for Catalan independence continues to build momentum. And the Spanish government will be feeling the pressure.





CATALONIA’s National Day – La Diada – will be “a turning point” on the way to a Catalan republic, according to the leader of one of the groups behind the celebration.


Elisenda Paluzie, president of the Catalan National Congress (ANC), was speaking to journalists as she launched her organisation’s website for the Diada on September 11, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the main celebration in Barcelona.

In a reference to the anticipated trial of political leaders who have been in jail since Catalonia declared independence last October, she said: “We have to start with strength in the fall because it will be intense.

“This year’s day should be a turning point to get the republic.”

This year’s event will start with a giant wave from volunteers with coral-coloured banners, which will link several parts of the Catalan capital.

Diada organisers have said that as many as a million people could take over the town centre for the day, with many visitors coming from abroad. Foreign Friends of Catalonia, an initiative to internationalise the right to self-determination in Catalonia which was formed in February, said it expected around 150 “friends” of 15 nationalities to take part.

“The citizen platform Foreign Friends of Catalonia has launched a campaign so that its supporters can share the celebration of the day staying at to private houses of Catalan families who, voluntarily, offer themselves to welcome them,” said the group.

“The objective of the initiative is that guests can enjoy, from September 8 to 11, the atmosphere of the day, sharing with them various cultural activities and constitutional acts.

“It is anticipated the number of foreign friends will be more than 150 of about 15 nationalities, including journalists, politicians, activists, lawyers and academics.”

Among the activities planned for the foreign friends are a conference on the internationalisation of the Catalan crisis, with speakers from the USA, Italy, Quebec, France and Germany and an institutional event involving senior Catalan political figures.

Their visit culminates in their attendance at the main event in Barcelona.

“On September 11, the plan is for our foreign friends and their host families to join us in Barcelona where we’ll all march together under a ‘Foreign Friends of Catalonia’ banner made especially for the occasion,” said the group.

It will be followed by a Diada “Foreign Yellow Dinner” for them and their hosts, to raise funds for the Catalan political prisoners.

A delegation from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Catalonia will visit Barcelona the following week when SNP member Ronnie Cowan will keep readers of The National up to date with a daily diary.



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Abschließend der Hinweis auf diese interessante und erfolgreiche zivile Plattform namens Foreign Friends of Catalonia, die im Februar 2018 gegründet wurde und sowohl Menschen als auch zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen aus dem In- und Ausland vereinigt, die für das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Katalanen eintreten. Zudem laden sie die zivilen Akteure zur jährlichen Diada (Feiertag) in Katalonien bzw. Barcelona ein. Für die eingeladenen Gäste bietet Foreign Friends of Catalonia private Unterkünfte und kulturelle Touren an. Die Veranstaltung findet in der Zeit vom 8 bis 11 September statt. Mehr Informationen findet man in diesem “El National cat” Artikel: “Campaña para invitar personalidades extranjeras por la Diada.

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