Catalans to celebrate Indyref’s fourth anniversary
INDEPENDENCE activists in Catalonia are preparing for a weekend of events to mark the fourth anniversary of the referendum which led to a declaration of independence and the imposition of direct power by the Spanish government.
The vote is seen as a crucial step for the movement as it was staged and won – although deemed illegal by Spain – in the face of police brutality by National Guard officers against potential voters, who did more 1,000 injured.
Grassroots activists from the Committee for the Defense of the Republic (CDR) have called for demonstrations this weekend, from Barcelona on Friday evening.
Other gatherings will take place at the same time in Vic and Girona, with events also planned in Granollers and Santa Coloma de Gramenet. writes one of the most important pages in our recent history. We have shown the world the meaning of solidarity and dignity, and it will not be forgotten. ”
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) will head north for a political rally in the town of Ille-sur-Têt, which is administratively in the south of France, but was part of the Catalan territories until 1659.
Cultural ties remained, including the use of the Catalan language, and as the 2017 referendum approached, a network of people in northern Catalonia was key to electoral logistics as they could operate beyond within the reach of the Spanish police.
Dozens of other events organized by local ANC groups will also take place across Catalonia, with the October 1 referendum ballot boxes symbolically reaching every event in the north.
The Catalan government is organizing an event to mark the day in the Maternitat district of Barcelona, in which members of the cabinet will participate.
Three marches will take place across Catalonia on Saturday, organized by the ANC to mark the indyref and launch a new call for independence.
On a Sunday, pro-indy groups and unions will hold a protest in central Barcelona.
The celebrations come as the far-left pro-Indy CUP saw an offer for an immediate referendum rejected by other pro-Indy parties in the coalition that governs Catalonia Together for Catalonia (JxCat) secretary Jordi Sanchez , said the timing was wrong: “We don’t think it’s the time to set a specific date and less without having agreed.
“A second referendum if he doesn’t agree?” Make [we do] the same [as 2017]? ”
Sanchez said October 1 was “a founding act of a political moment … and can only be replaced by another agreed referendum.”
Oriol Junqueras, the leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), also rejected the CUP decision which he said would not gain “essential” recognition from the international community.
“Bringing a date for a new referendum brings us closer to international recognition?” No, ”he told Catalunya Radio. “[Setting] a date would take us away from international recognition.