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The Only Posible Answer: To Vote
We are here today to make it clear that on 1 October we are going to vote in a referendum to decide our future. We will vote even though the Spanish state doesn't want us to.
We have tried to reach an agreement 18 times and the answer has always been "No". With this response, they are ignoring the support for a referendum of 80% of the population, and showing contempt for the large majority in favour of it in Catalonia's Parliament.
We have no other solution. The only possible answer is to vote.
Today, we Catalans are victims of a state that is carrying out political persecution unworthy of a twenty-first century European democracy.
An interior minister who conspires to destroy our health system; political police units that fabricate false evidence against our political leaders; banning from office and prosecution against the President of the Catalan Government for having held a ballot.
We all know about the attempts to destroy the Catalan school system, a foundation of our social cohesion. And the blockage on investments in our infrastructure, such as ports, airports or railways...
Today Spain even persecutes political debate. This threat affects all democrats: the Catalan government, the parliament, the president of parliament and her deputies.
Even our civil servants and business people are being pressurised by the prosecution service and the judicial police. This is unheard of and democratically unsustainable.
This scandalous political situation only be responded to with more democracy.
For that reason we call on the international community to help us. We appeal to all democrats – in Europe and around the world – to stand by us in defending the rights that are under threat today in Catalonia, such as freedom of political expression and the right to vote. To face up to the abuses of an authoritarian state.
We Catalans are going to vote this 1 October.
[Source: La Vanguardia, Barcelona, 11Jun17]
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