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November, 9. A thrilling and victorious day for Catalonia.

The crowds got close to the point of votation last sunday despite the prohibition.
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Last sunday, november 9, we, the Catalans, experienced a thrilling and victorious day. Not even in the best dreams I could have imaginated so many people defying the prohibition of putting the vote in the urn. So many people, and so diverse people. Grandparents, young ones, grandsons pushing the wheelchairs of their grandparents, families, catalan speakers, castilian speakers, workers that had arrived from germany only to vote... Some people could not vote because their identity cards were expired, or because they didn't realise that the adress of their identity cards was different to the ellectoral college where they had gone to vote. I remember the case of a girl that had just arrived from germany to vote in Terrassa, and she could not vote because in her identity card there was the adress of Germany. Some old men left the ellectoral college in tears because they remembered the long decades of dictatorship. They never had imagined that one day they could express in a votation their wishes about the future of Catalonia. 

It was a day of deep joy, deep emotion, deep hope, deep freedom... The catalan towns were full of people, some of them with tears in their eyes and a strong smile on their faces. It was a day of peaceful fight. The spanish authorities didn't dare to use the violence to prevent the votation. There were so many people and so hopeful that it was impossible to imagine any police prohibiting the simple and innocent gesture of voting. Even many policemen went to vote as citizens they were. I even saw a "Guardia Civil" voting. The Guardia Civil is the militar police for the civilians of the Spanish State. They are also persons, most of them are democratic persons, and they understand that voting is a human right. 


These days we realise how the things have changed in the world. Before the november 9, the world was rather indifferent about the Catalan Process. The papers had published few articles, and there were some short news about the issue. However, these days after november 9, we have read the papers of all around the world describing the dream we lived last sunday. The democratic voices of around the world are starting to express the need for a binding vote in Catalonia. What we did last sunday was only a non binding votation, a banned votation, that represented the will of a whole country of deciding its future. It also represented the will of this country of going through legal and democratic ways, It was the third votation convoked after the prohibition of the two previous. The Catalan Government designed this third call trying to reconcile legality with freedom. Very few days before, Spain banned this third votation, and this prohibition had no any foundation. It was only an attempt to humiliate the dignity of a country. The president of Catalonia, Sir Arthur Mas, was threatened by Spanish Government. If he went ahead with the vote the weight of the law would be upon him and upon all those who helped to go through with the votation. But our President decided to be faithful to the catalan people. The legitimacy of the authority borns from the votes of the people, the people who have chosen this president. Now, spanish government is assessing the possibility of denouncing the President and some other people, but Spanish Government knows that its image would be seriously damaged: a government denouncing the president of a country because he has put the urns for a votation! (Taking into account that this consultation was an electoral promise of Sir Arthur Mas to his people) I must add the fact that Spanish government, these days, is preventing Interpol from arresting twenty imputed men that are charged with crimes of the last dictatorship. These facts are strongly questioning the democratic style of the Spanish Government.

And this is the begining. Nothing can fight against the democratic values. All peoples have the right to decide their future. The 2.390.000 persons that voted last sunday despite all the difficulties that there were (few points of votation, no census, threats of denounces, fear of possible conflicts...) demonstrated that nothing can stop a people who want to go towards their freedom.

In many other states around the world, 13573 Catalans voted outside Catalonia, in 19 points of votation. Many of them had to travel thousands of quilometers to vote.

I want to thank the people who have send me so many messages of encouragement from around the world. We still need you because the democratic voices of the world are our brothers and sisters in this long and hard way towards the freedom. The Spanish Government is still fighting against our right to be. But now we know we are not alone, and now we are not afraid. Thanks!



Demonstration in Barcelona, 11/09/2012


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