Parlament del president Puigdemont a Brussel·les

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“Bon dia, començo fent un agraïment al PressClub per acollir aquesta roda de premsa. Gràcies per l’interès. El divendres al vespre reunits a Palau després de la Declaració, davant d’una sèrie de dades que mostraven que el govern espanyol plantejava un atac sense precedents contra ciutadans i funcionaris, amb condemnes possibles de 500 anys de presó pel govern, vam decidir que prioritzariem la moderació i la prudència. El diàleg ja era impossible. La nostra mà ha estat estesa sense límits. Vam arribar a proposar una suspensió de la Declaració per obrir un marc de diàleg. L’agressivitat de l’Estat contra les …

Salvaguardar la República

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Un cap de setmana dur, sense president al balcó, ni control efectiu de la República. Sense gaires notícies, la majoria dolentes: Trapero acata. Espanya comença a aplicar el 155 on pot. Vol imposar eleccions en 7 setmanes. Algun bri d’esperança dels alcaldes que demostren la seva lleialtat a la Generalitat actual, fins i tot amb humor. Puigdemont apareix per Girona i crida a la resistència democràtica davant d’unes escales. El diumenge silenci complert excepte per la victòria del Girona sobre Madrid, que molts prenem com un presagi del futur, i uns altres senzillament disfruten. La pregunta queda: què passarà el dilluns? Què volen …

Saving the Republic

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(Versió més curta i en català) I have to admit, this was a hard weekend. On Friday, our Parliament finally approved a declaration of independence and sure, the Plaça Sant Jaume was packed for the celebration, but it still felt somewhat subdued. The fact that the President didn’t come out on the balcony to greet us was disappointing. But I’ve lived here a long time, and if there’s one thing that I know about Catalans, it’s that they don’t like to gloat, or take too much credit. So I went home, like everyone else, and kind of waited for instructions. …

Letter to Members of the European Parliament

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Hello. My name is Liz Castro. I am originally from the US but I have lived off and on in Barcelona for more than 30 years. I know this place and this people very well. And I have been watching this independence process from the beginning. I have written books about it, and I have witnessed an adamantly peaceful, strictly non-violent, absolutely democratic process that should be encouraged and lauded, and not beaten down with police batons and tear gas. Every people deserves to be heard. The Catalan people deserve to be heard. Up to this week the Catalans were …

Catalonia is everyone’s business

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These are such difficult days. I’m going to try to add more frequent blog posts here so that you know what is going on in Catalonia, and almost more importantly, so that you can share it with others. What is happening here is a test of democracy. People have mobilized for ten years peacefully and democratically just in order to be able to have a voice about their political future. If you support democracy, please support Catalonia. This is an article I wrote before the referendum. It was originally published in ARA. Julian Assange has suddenly taken an interest in …

Democracy’s broken windows

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Spain’s hybrid military/national police raided twenty-two Catalan government buildings Monday morning and arrested twelve mid-ranking officials and a businessman who ran a printing business. The reaction from the Catalan people was immediate, massive and peaceful: thousands have been chanting and singing in front of the Ministry of Economy where the first arrest took place. It might be hard for people around the world to grasp the significance of these arrests, and the importance of their reaction. I can hear them saying, “I don’t know much about Catalonia and Spain seems like a democratic country. I better stay out of it.” …

President Puigdemont Statement on arrests September 20

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Good morning everyone. As you know, a little while ago the executive of the Government of Catalonia met urgently and extraordinarily, and we came to an agreement on the following official declaration that I want to share with you now. The Catalan Government was the recipient today of a coordinated aggression from the police forces of the Spanish government’s interior ministry, with the objective of blocking all Catalans from being able to express themselves, freely and peacefully, on October 1. And in order to suspend the activity of the government that was elected at the ballot boxes on September 27, …

Statement on Spanish attempt to take over Catalan @Mossos Police

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Yesterday, reports in Madrid newspapers said that Spain was taking over Catalan police. Home Affairs Minister Joaquim Forn made a statement at 3pm to dispel the rumors: “Good morning. This morning there was a meeting at the Head Prosecutor’s office in Catalonia between the security forces and corps of the State, the Municipal Police of Barcelona and the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police force). The legal department of the home affairs ministry is studying the edict in order to offer a legal response. In addition to the commander of the legal police, also present for the second time, was a high-ranking officer of the …

Jumping over the gatekeepers with 140 characters

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(This is the translation of an article I wrote for a Catalan audience, in DiariAra, on January 23.) The two weeks before the agreement on the new Catalan president were some of the most depressing and nasty on Catalan social media that I’ve seen in a long time. There were moments when I wondered if this is how wars start. We are entering a new period of maturity on social media. It only took a few incidents to happen for people to realize that Twitter is no joke, no simple reporter of breakfast banalities, and no messenger app. What goes on …

Catalonia’s debt to Twitter

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How do you change the world peacefully and democratically in the 21st century? By connecting, educating, and getting the outside world to listen. Catalans have spent the last six years determined to have their say in a country that neither listens to them nor respects them, and they have done so in the most exemplary fashion: with five massive peaceful, smilingdemonstrations, with debates, conferences, and canvassing, with citizen-led and government-supported though non-binding referenda, and by simply and steadfastly demanding the most basic of democratic rights which Spain refuses to grant: to vote on their political future. At this moment when people are questioning Twitter’s future, I love …