In 2010, a Spanish sentence cropped and diminished the Catalan Statute. The Catalan Statute had been voted by most of the Catalan people. This statute accepted the evidence that Catalonia was a nation, and also accepted the fact that this nation belonged to Spanish State. Several persons from Spain's hierarchy banned many of the articles of this statute. For instance, they prohibited the word “nation” for Catalonia and they removed other important points that were tied with the Catalonia's dignity and with their identity's signs.
From that moment, Catalonia woke up from a relatively long time of resignation, and started a hard and persistent path to where the freedom and the autodetermination's right is.
We choose to go to the freedom's land, not because it is a land of material richness and economical power, but because it is the land of our soul, of our right of being a nation.
We choose to go to the freedom's land because we want to be a free people, a people living in the state that their citizens have chosen.
We choose to go to the freedom's land because a country doesn't belong to a biggest state when it is despised and enforced but when it can decide what it wants to be and where it wants to go.
From 2010 till now, Catalonia has lived the biggest popular demonstrations of its history with the 20% of its population claiming in the streets and asking for their right to vote to decide their future as a country. The answer of Spanish Government has always been the same: “...you are not a country... you have no sovereignty; the sovereignty belongs to the whole Spanish people... so you are not a country but a fragment of the only country that exists that is Spain”.
The negation of Catalonia as a country, as a nation, as a people... has been the unchanging answer of the Spanish Government to the milions of persons that have been demonstrating and claiming in the streets of Catalonia in a peaceful way. And these people have their own language, their own culture, their own history, their own style...
One year ago, the president of Catalonia convoked a consultation so that Catalonia people could express their opinion about the idea of being an independant state different to Spain, or about the idea of being an state inside Spanish State, or about the possibility of being only a regional authonomy... The votation had to take place on november 9, but the Spanish State impugned the law that allowed this consultation and therefor this democratic process was paralysed.
The President of Catalonia and any person who didn't renounce to the idea of organizing the votation would be disable on their professional careers and in many cases they could be arrested and jailed. After some days of uncertainty, the Catalan Government decided to use the only three points of the consultation's law that the Spanish Government hadn't impugned. The Catalan Government designed a new consultation using the parameters of those non impugned three points, and therefor the next november 9, there will be a votation where people will be able to express their will about the future of their country.
What does Spanish Government say now? Not much. They mostly remain silent and when they speak they usually despise the votation, saying that it is not really a consultation but a simulacrum. However, the game is not still won... The Spanish Government can still deny the right to vote. But this prohibition would prove its dictatorial style and its lack of democracy.
The fact is that this consultation is not a simulacrum. Catalonia will vote next november 9. Then, after this consultation, the Catalan Government will probably convoke the electoral process to the Catalan Parliament, probably at spring time. In this election, the political parties who advocate the right of Catalonia to choose its future will probably run in an unique electoral list as they were an only political party , and in their electoral program they will write the plot of the next path towards the freedom of Catalonia.
This is the situation. Finally, the next november 9 there will be a consultation. The Catalan Process has not finished. It has just started. The Spanish prohibitions only will reinforce the will of freedom of Catalan People. Nobody can drown the voice of a people. Nobody can fight against the will of a nation. The rivers always run free in spite the efforts of the dictatorships. There's no exist any unchanging law that be more important than human dignity. And the right to be and to decide of all the cultures are deeply tied with human dignity.