2021/07/23

Wave of attacks against Spanish paraphernalia assumed by the new Catalan resistance group Action for Independence

 





Five attacks in five days. So far iver acts of sabotage have been carried out in a short space of time. Acció per la Independència (Action for Independence) began its offensive on July 18, the date of the beginning of the Spanish Fascist uprising in 1936. The organization sabotaged the crypt of Montserrat Mountain dedicated to the Spanish Francoists and destroyed Franco's symbols by breaking into the crypt of the requetès de Montserrat and the Francoist emblems that were there. Almost simultaneously, the next day, a monolith located in Albons (Baix Empordà) was destroyed in homage to his fallen “For God and Spain”, with the emblem of the 'Brotherhood of Captives for Spain', related to the Phalange Fascist party. In a third action on July 20, a similar monolith was also destroyed in Canet d'Adri (Gironès).

The organization, which was set up on April 23, said that this is the only way to "decide with full freedom the political, social and cultural changes that allow Catalonia to move to an advanced society." The group, which has already advanced that its sabotage campaign continues, has no visible faces and in fact claims to be an anonymous, transversal and unitary organization.

The fourth action of the pro-independence group Acció per la Independència, has been tonight in Santa Maria del Collell (Sant Ferriol, La Garrotxa). The group destroyed a monumental complex dedicated to 48 Falangist prisoners executed in January 1939 on Wednesday morning. The monument, made up of a cross and a monolith, was destroyed. Pro-independence activists have dropped both items, smashed commemorative plaques and even finished it off with a drill. Simultaneously another squad has destroyed a monolith of exaltation of the Spanish Franco regime in Avignon (Bages) also tonight.



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2021/02/23

Audios show that the Spanish police tortured Basque citizens to death: "we made them dig holes before killing them"

Evidence of torture to death by the state when it was ruled by the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Party nowadays ruling force) appeared yesterday. Yesterday they were referring to Mikel Zabaltza. The Spanish Luis Alberto Perote, former colonel of the Superior Center of Defense Information (CSID), and Pedro Gómez Nieto, captain of the Civil Guard, in the audio talk about how Felipe González, then president of the PSOE and the government, was informed of the torture. About Zabaltza the death "was during the interrogation. Possibly a cardiac arrest due to the bag on his head. This is my impression. They made a lot of mistakes. They interrogated him and had his relatives in the next room."

About Joxean Lasa and Joxi Zabala, who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the LAG in 1983, Gómez Nieto, captain of the Civil Guard, relates that they were forced to dig their grave before being executed with a shot to the head Two years later, their bodies were discovered by a hunter in a pit in Busot, although they could not be identified until 1995, as they had been hung with quicklime.

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2021/02/15

Pro independence parties rise from 47,5 % to 51,14 % and from 70 to 74 MPs

The pro-independence parties have won more than 50% of the vote in elections in Catalonia for the first time. The sum of ERC, JxCat, CUP, PDeCAT, Primary and FNC has been imposed on a total of 837 of the 947 Catalan municipalities. This is a higher figure than in 2017, when the pro-independence formations that presented themselves achieved this in 815 municipalities.

The turnout goes down from 79,09 % to 53,54 % amisdt the pandemics. Pro independence parties go down a 30 % but the pro Spanish go down a 40 % in spite of the rise of Vox, a new Fascist party which bursts in with a 7,7 %. The Catalan Independence front goes from 47.5% to 51.14% thanks to the decrease in participation that most strongly affects Spanish nationalism. Despite the advances it loses 630,000 votes. mainly due to the decline in ERC (-35%). JxCat and PDeCAT also collect 32% less votes than in 2017 and the CUP is down 3%. The Spanish forces lose 40% of the vote (the independence setback is 30%). C'anos falls 85%, PP 41% and Comuns 40%. All this makes it easier for Spanish nationalism to go from 65 to 61 seats, while the independence frontgoes from 70 to 74 MPs.

Although the three pro-independence forces of 2017 went from 2,079,000 votes to 1,360,696 and, as a percentage, only grew from 47.5% to 48.01, the presentation of other lists allows it to grow to 51.14% :

ERC 21.30% 33 MPs

JxCat 20.04% 32 MPs

CUP 6.67% 9 MPs

PDeCAT 2.72%

Primary 0.21%

FNC 0.18%

SCat 0.01%

MCR 0.01%

Overall, 1,448,901 people voted for pro-independence forces and 1,347,103 for Spaniards in the absence of a foreign vote.




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2021/01/26

Catalan Patriots display a huge 'Donec Perficiam' (Until We Prevail) black flag in Vic

 





The new organization Catalonians for independence, unfurled a giant black flag in Vic (Osona) on Sunday 24 January. The action had the support of Volunteers for the Republic and the Committees in Defense of the Republic of the West, Vic, Ter, Anoia and Penedès.
"This flag with the cross of Santa Eulàlia spread today here in the square is an example of a shared struggle, in this case with Catalans for the Independence of Cardona, Motards Independentistes and other local and territorial CDRs."

The Catalan black flag or of Donec Perficiam (until successful, motto of the Catalan royal guards in the 18th century) was designed by the Reeixida foundation in 2008 and means "non-surrender". This meaning comes from its historical contrast to the white flag, a symbol of surrender. The flag commemorates the tricentenary of the War of the Spanish Succession. During the siege of Barcelona in 1714, black flags were hoisted in the city of Barcelona as a symbol of resistance. It was not until July 2014 that it was redesigned, a white star and the cross of Santa Eulàlia, patron saint of Barcelona, ​​were added.

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2021/01/19

Seven Catalan pro independence lists achieve to run the next elections

Apart from the parties that did not need to collect guarantees, such as the centrist PDeCat, far left CUP and leftist ERC, several formations have tried to get them. Força Catalunya and the Bloc Sobiranista Català, which had closed a coalition, did not succeed. Neither ARA (Assembly of Retaliators and Activists) and Corrent Roig, although they will be able to appear in the constituency of Tarragona under the name of the Trotskyist party. Also Trotskyist Lluita Internacionalista (which calls for a critical vote for the CUP) and CRT have criticized the position of Corrent Roig to promote its own list. Neither Anticapitalists nor the Revolutionary Left have clarified their position.

Together for Catalonia (JxCAT) obtained 52,000 endorsements, the Front Nacional de Catalunya (with the support of Renaixença and Via Única) 7,500 and Primàries Catalunya 7,060. All three formations will be presented in all four constituencies. the tweeter Laura Ormella heads the list of Primary, The president of the Catalan Business Circle, Albert Pont, of Via Única will lead the list of the FNC, and Laura Borràs, former Minister of Culture, Junts. The last one has the support of 8 parties: Regrouping, Independentistas d'Esquerres, Moviment d'Esquerres, Demòcrates de Catalunya, Estat Català, Solidaritat Catalana per la Independència, Acció per la República and Alternativa Verda-Els Verds. The CUP has closed an agreement with Guanyem criticized by Endavant (OSAN) and Lluita Internacionalista.

Therefore in the elections of the Principality there will be

1. ARA-Corrent Roig (only in Tarragona)

2. CUP

3. ERC

4. FNC

5. Together

6. PDeCAT

7. Primary

Apart from these, there are also various formations defending the right to self-determination such as the Catalan Nationalist Party (split from the PDeCAT), the Communist Party of the People of Catalonia, the Communist Party of Workers of Catalonia (a split split from the previous one). ).



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2021/01/17

On this day was born the Admiral of the Catalan Army Roger de Llúria who was never been equaled, not even by Horatio Nelson


Roger de Llúria (17.1.1250-19.1,1305), was Catalan Admiral from Italian origin. The term “admiral” was used for the first time by King Roger II, in its Latin form “amiratus amiratorum” in 1133, to designate his adviser George of Antioch as the “commander of commanders”, a role that can be considered as analogous to the modern “prime minister”. At that time the honorific was not related to the command of the naval fleet. Indeed, only in 1177 was this title, given by William II of Sicily to Walter of Moac, related to the command of the royal fleet. Since then, many people have had the honor of receiving this title, but of them Roger of Lauria has always been considered as the most valiant and important admiral of Middle Ages.

The life of Roger of Llúria, whose invincibility, with over twenty years of naval combat activity and no defeats at sea (the only one was the Battle of Catanzaro in 1297, due to the inadequacy of the Angevins), has never been equaled, not even by the great Horatio Nelson. Despite his victories and the efficiency of his naval strategies, Roger of Lauria’s fame hasn’t reached further because, according to John Pryor, many medievalists were more interested to the Hundred Years War.

Roger’s origins are not clear. His surname is perhaps related to Lauria, a small town in the province of Potenza, in Basilicata, where there are still the ruins of the fortress belonging to his family, but the historian Ramon Muntaner, who personally knew him, refers to Roger of Lauria as a Calabrian, probably from Scalea. The same halo of mystery regards the origin of Roger’s father, while his mother is identified as Donna Bella (“Lady Bella”), who was the nursemaid of Constance II of Sicily, Manfred’s daughter, and through which was related to the Hohenstaufen family.

In 1262 Roger moved to the court of Aragon with his mother and Constance II, the future Queen of Aragon, who was married to Peter of Aragon, the son of James I the Conqueror. Since then, his life has been always linked with the fate or Aragon and later of Sicily, where he made his strategic genius available for the protection of the island.

Roger’s military activity started in the late 1260s, and after having repressed the Saracen rebellion in Valencia he was appointed admiral of the royal fleet in 1278. After the death of James I of Aragon, the expansionist aims of his son, Peter III of Aragon, were directed to the conquest of Sicily, that was assigned to Charles I of Anjou by the Holy See after the death of Conrad I, the eldest son of the Emperor Fredrick II.

Both Roger and Peter’s life were strictly connected to the fate of the Regno (Southern Italy and Sicily). The first according to the tradition lost his father, Richard (who would have been at King’s Manfred side at the final moments of his life), at the Battle of Benevento in 1266. The second was betrothed to Constance, Manfred’s daughter and heir of the Regno.

The insurrection that triggered the War of Sicilian Vespers occurred in Palermo in 1282 and was the perfect opportunity for Peter to establish the influence of the Aragon Kingdom over Sicily, historically considered as the most strategic point in the Mediterranean Sea.

The role of Roger of Lauria was to establish the supremacy of the Catalan-Sicilian fleet over the Angevins, due to his incredible strategic ability and to the quality of his fleet, compound by almugavars (devastators in Arabic) and by the Catalans crossbowmen, considered the most feared in all Europe.

The first opportunity for Roger to show his qualities, after having been appointed Admiral of the Kingdom of Catalonia, Valencia and Sicily in 1283, was the Battle of Malta on the 8th of June. The strategic intelligence of Roger of Lauria allowed his fleet, that consisted of less vessels than the flotilla commanded by Prince Charles of Salerno, to block the Angevin ships at the Grand Harbour in Malta. A peculiar strategy adopted by Roger was to bridle his vessels together in an open alignment, using iron cables, called flanella.

After the defeat of the Angevins in Malta, the fleet commanded by Roger of Lauria was able to inflict other sound defeats on the Angevins, drastically reducing their aspiration of dominating the Southern Italy.

The first of these victories was the Battle of Naples in 1284 and that allowed the Aragonese to take as hostage Charles the Lame (the Prince of Salerno), the son of Charles of Anjou. The use of iron cables to bridle the Aragonese ships was fundamental also in this battle to catch a big part of the Angevin fleet. In this battle, Roger of Lauria turned the fact of having less vessels than the Angevin flotilla to his advantage. Roger understood that the confusion of the battle could compromise the communication between his ships and that the only solution “… was a well-devised but simple battle plan, easily executed in the heat of the combat”.

Roger’s assaults on Nicotera and on the cities of both Tyrrhenian and Ionian Calabria, contributed to distract Charles of Anjou from attempting to invade Sicily, and consequently, the defeat inflicted on the French fleet at Les Formigues in 1285 made Roger of Lauria the most feared admiral by the enemies of the Kingdom of Aragon.

After the death of Peter III of Aragon, Roger of Lauria found himself to serving two masters: King Alfonso, heir to the crown, and James, appointed King of Sicily. Roger of Lauria showed again his strength at the Battle of the Counts, fought in the Gulf of Naples in 1287.

After James I agreed in 1295 to the Treaty of Anagni, that provided the concession of Sicily to the Angevins in change of their renunciation to invade the Kingdom of Aragon, the position of Roger of Lauria became more problematic, and between the loyalty to the King James I and the link with Sicily, he chose to stay at the side of Frederick of Sicily in order to defend the island from Charles of Artois.

The relationship between Frederick of Sicily and Roger soon showed signs of strain and after two years Roger of Lauria found himself to fight on the side of the Aragonese-Angevin army against the Sicilians, defeating their fleet at Capo D’Orlando, which was followed by the Angevin’s defeats at the Battle of Falconaria, near Trapani in 1299, and at the Battle of Gagliano in 1300. The Battle of Ponza represented Roger’s last victory, before the Treaty of Caltabellotta ended the War of the Sicilian Vespers in 1302.

To know more:

Roger of Lauria (c.1250-1305): "Admiral of Admirals"

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2021/01/11

Catalan exiled activist Adrià Carrasco cleared of all charges returns to Catalonia

 Two and a half years after leaving Catalonia for Belgium following terrorism accusations, the activist Adrià Carrasco has returned after being cleared of all charges for taking part in pro-independence protest actions. As a member of the Committees in Defense of the Republic (CDR), a decentralized network of pro-independence protest groups, Carrasco was prosecuted for blocking highways and sabotaging toll booths in the spring of 2018.

He was accused of terrorism, rebellion, and sedition; some of the most serious offenses in Spain’s criminal code, carrying decades-long prison sentences. Carrasco’s house was raided by Spain’s Guardia Civil police on 10 April 2018 but he managed to escape through the window and fled to Brussels, where several pro-independence leaders had previously exiled alleging political persecution in Spain.

Originally prosecuted by Spain’s National Court in Madrid, Carrasco saw his case subsequently transferred to lower courts as the terrorism charges and the most serious accusations were dropped. Still, he had been wary of returning before all criminal charges were fully dismissed.


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2021/01/09

Spain loses an important judiciary battle: Belgium refuses to extradite to Spain the Catalan Exiled Minister Lluís Puig

 The Belgian justice system has once again refused to extradite the former Catalan Minister of Culture, Lluís Puig. The Belgian court of appeal has refused the European arrest warrant after the court of first instance in Brussels did so last August. Belgian prosecutors accepted Lluís Puig decision, ending Spain's extradition quest, on January 8th.

Puig is subject to a European arrest warrant for misappropriation of public funds in connection with the October 2017 referendum. "No more ideological persecution and no more repression. The fight for freedom continues everywhere," the former Minister said.

The Catalan politician had already appeared before the Court of Appeal for this case last December in a hearing that lasted about four hours. At the time he was optimistic about his chances, aware that the Belgian justice system had already proved him right once. The August ruling was the first to be handed down by a Belgian court on the Euro-orders of Catalan politicians. In that case the judge considered that the Supreme Court was not competent to send the euro warrant and therefore refused extradition.


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2020/12/30

Fascist attack against Catalan independentists who were collecting signatures to be able to run in the elections

 



"Today (December 29) a group of 10 ultras attacked and threw objects at us while we were collecting signatures in front of the City of Molins de Rei in a family atmosphere. This after Arran and supporters tweeted threats. The Fascists are you we do not have fear and you will not pass. No passaran. "said Bernat Basany, one of the militants victims of the fascist attack.

The National Front of Catalonia (FNC) is collecting signatures to be able to run in the elections as do Primaries, ARA or Together for Catalonia. Violently attacking a political opponent to prevent him from running in an election, otherwise you can ban them, is the first point of any fascist manual. The day before the attack, Arran de Mataró issued a "first warning" to the FNC, which was collecting signatures in the capital of the Maresme. On the same day, the FNC had been deployed in Girona, Solsona, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Granollers, Mataró and Molins de Rei in order to achieve the difficult goal of 6,000 signatures.

The FNC, a supporter of Daniel Cardona’s unilateral path and nationalism ‘Vibrant’ inspired by the Irish Republican movement, in its decalogue explicitly opposes any discrimination on the grounds of origin, belief, gender or sexual orientation.

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Demòcrates party join the list of Together for Catalonia

Demòcrates, a Christian-Democrat pro Independence party, yesterday joined the unitary list of Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia, JxCat). Junts per Catalunya and Demòcrates have closed an agreement to run together in the 14-F elections “with the aim of making the mandate of the 1-O ” (October First 2017 Referendum when Catalonia voted for Independence).

Thus, the electoral list of Junts i Demòcrates will be headed in Barcelona by Carles Puigdemont followed by the presidential candidate Laura Borràs, and Demòcrates will provide six candidates, led by Assumpció Laïlla –which will be number 16– as co-spokesman of the party and is in line with the female candidacy that represents Laura Borràs.In the last elections Demòcrates was allied of the former pro independence party ERC but it has changed towards a pro Spanis bias the last two years under a new direction subdued to the Spanish ruling parties.

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2020/12/29

Spaniards paint fascist swastikas and Celtic crosses in a pro-independence social center in Mallorca

The Casal Voltor Negre appeared last Monday morning with graffiti of fascist symbolism. This has been reported by members of the Casal through the networks. "At the gates of Mallorca Day, our house has been attacked with fascist symbols on the facade," they said. They have also added a video where they make a cross over the fascist graffiti. "Not a step back. No fascist space! ”, They pointed out. It should be noted that this is not the first time that both the Casal Voltor Negre and Can Alcover, a Catalan cultural center,  have been attacked in this way by Spanish groups. Especially in the days leading up to Mallorca Day that remembers when Catalans arrived to the island. Members of the social center  have already cleaned the Spanish graffiti.

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2020/12/25

Francesc Macià, President of the Catalan Republic



Social and Democratic Commitment

On the 25th of December 1933, the President of Catalonia Francesc Macià died at the Palace of the Generalitat, the seat of the Catalan Government in the very heart of the city of Barcelona. Enormously popular, as proven by his landslide election victory of 1931, Macià was seen off by an enormous grieving crowd showing condolence at his funeral.

Mr. Macià –then known as the grandfather, a familiar, loving moniker– had had a haphazard life dedicated to his patriotic and social ideals –for an independent Catalonia and for a transformational left, though distanced from Marxism. However, neither his family origins nor his first vocation should have brought him there. Born in 1859 to a landowning family of wine and olive oil merchants, he began his career as an officer in the Corps of Engineers, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Spanish Army.

It was in fact the Spanish Army's liking for sabre-rattling and the ebullient social situation in Catalonia, with the reiterated discrimination by the Spanish State towards his country, Catalonia –affecting both the working class and the emerging middle class, as well as economic development in both rural and urban society– that gradually led Francesc Macià to become committed to the people and the land, with a growing interest in politics. He thence decided to resign his commission upon election to the Madrid Congress in 1907, even though he was offered promotion to the rank of Colonel.


A dedicated member of Congress in Madrid –more and more active in demanding democratic and social rights for Catalonia– in the midst of the organisation of new political movements, General Primo de Rivera's coup d'etat in 1923 led him to exile in France and Latin America. Now clearly siding with those fighting for the independence of Catalonia, Macià was tireless in coalescing the struggle of the exiled against the dictatorship. In 1926, he prepares an attempt at armed invasion of Catalonia over the Pyrenees –known as the Prats-de-Molló affair. The attempt was a fiasco, and the members of the expedition –with Macià at the forefront– were arrested by the French authorities. However, the trial held in Paris was a huge success, not just because of the insignificant sentence –two months, which had already been served– but because of the international exposure achieved through the allegations made in their defence by their counsel –French First World War hero Henri Torres– and by Macià himself. The trial thus became a stand against the Spanish dictatorship and for the freedom of Catalonia widely broadcast by the press everywhere.

The tireless member of Congress, the former soldier who had opted for the people and their country, became an internationally recognized leader who, upon returning to Catalonia in February 1931, participated in the founding of a new party, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia) which brought together political parties, social movements and various regional organizations, with the defence of Catalonia and progressive humanism at its core. Those in favour of independence were in the majority to differing degrees, and Macià was their undisputed leader. A few months later, on April 12, 1931, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya swept in with a landslide victory in the elections –as did other Republican groups in other parts of Spain. And on the 14th of April, Macià proclaimed the Catalan Republic –which was to be incorporated in a future Federation of Iberian Republics. Three days later, after protracted negotiations with ministers from the newborn Spanish Republic, Macià accepted that Catalonia should remain a Spanish territory, though now with political autonomy, its own devolved government within a single state, with a stated will to cooperate jointly in the progress of all its territories –a joint cooperation that has not always been forthcoming from the successive governments in Madrid.

Macià died as he led the process of national reconstruction, of social betterment and of democratic enhancement. He was succeeded –both in the party and as President of the Catalan autonomous government– by Lluís Companys, a labour lawyer with considerable experience in politics and in municipal management. Reared rather more towards social action, but with the same firmness in defence of the Catalan cause, Companys had to lead government of the country in very tough times, which became still harder with the Fascist insurrection led by General Franco in 1936. Exiled in Paris, Companys was arrested by the Gestapo and handed over to the Franco authorities. He was summarily executed in Barcelona in 1940 after trial before a military kangaroo court. Thus, no more than 75 years ago, in Europe a head of government elected democratically was executed, a crime that has since gone unanswered –all the Spanish governments since the restoration of democracy have refused to declare the trial null and void, which would be unheard of in any other member state of the European Union recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Catalonia has now dauntlessly staked its future setting course for national sovereignty. She did so in a mass demonstration on the 11th of September –one and a half million people demanding independence in the streets of Barcelona– and in the results of the elections to the Catalan Parliament on the 25th of November, in which the parties favouring a referendum, the right to self-determination without limitations, won 87 of the 135 seats. This is the stake which has, in its first stage, materialised as the Parliamentary concord between Convergència i Unió –the governing coalition– and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya –now the main opposition party– which contemplates a referendum in 2014 on Catalonia becoming the next state in Europe.

It is hoped by many this process will lead to a Republic of Catalonia. That is why it should be remembered –to remind ourselves and the whole of Europe– that on the 25th of December 1933, the President of what was the Catalan Republic, Francesc Macià died. And with the hope of building a modern, fair, equitable state, open to the world and based on social roots. Free. Then as now.

About the author of this article for Help Catalonia

Josep Bargalló Valls
First Minister and Minister of the Presidency of Catalonia 2004-2006
Minister of Education of Catalonia 2003-2004
Councillor in Torredembarra Town Council (1995-2003)
President of the
Ramon Llull Institute (2006-2010)
From 2010 he is Professor of the University Rovira i Virgili
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2020/12/21

Carles Puigdemont visits the HQ of the military operation to free Catalonia which will become a Museum

Today, the Catalan President in Exile, Carles Puigdemont, accompanied by the vice-president of the parliament Josep Costa, and the president of the chamber of Barcelona Joan Canadell, visited the house of Prats de Molló from where the president Francesc Macià prepared one of the historical actions that internationalized Catalan sovereignty. Puigdemont has asked to maintain "the spirit of Prats de Molló that erases artificial borders, twins us and inspires us" just after making a floral offering on a monolith dedicated to President Macià. During the visit, Puigdemont was accompanied by Jaume Aragall, President of the Chamber of Commerce in the Vallès Oriental through the Eines de País platform, wwho has bought the Ville and the Mayor of Prats de Molló, Claude Ferrer. With both of them, he visited the whole house accompanied by a very expert guide in the matter, the head of the office of President Josep Lluís Alay. Once the visit was over, the cession agreement was signed with the Casa Macià Association for the management of the house and its museification process. The visit to the house went through all the corners, even the private room of Macià, where they kept the ammunition or the room where the General Staff met.

The visit came just one week after Denise Ville was literally rescued in a joint operation by activists on both sides of the border. This residence was the center of operations and the headquarters of the General Staff when in 1926 he proposed the military operation to free Catalonia from the yoke of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera and, in return, turn it into an independent republic. The Italian and Spanish secret services thwarted the operation. However, the European press of the time was full of them. A fact that Puigdemont himself, during the visit, described as the first great internationalization of the Catalan cause. More than a hundred Volunteers of the movement Estat Català (Catalan State) were involved.

"From a personal point of view, it's a visit that has caused me a lot of emotion, to be able to step on Catalan soil again, you can't explain the emotion I feel," said Puigdemont. "As president and as a citizen of Catalonia, I am honored to be in this center of reference in the struggle for the liberation of Catalonia and President Macià in his work and commitment," he added. "We come from afar and we want to go far, and to go far we must know where we come from and maintain maximum fidelity to the common thread of struggle for freedom that our ancestors did, a struggle that they did not do to enjoy it but to be able to bequeath to the next generations a society and a country where democracy and freedom are possible, essential ingredients for the prosperity of the people ”, he indicated at the foot of the house. "The search for a free country is linked to a better country, to a society with opportunities," he said.

"They haven't given up on us. We follow the red thread of struggle. History will repeat itself until we achieve this full freedom, we are on the way, we have advanced, we can happily resolve despite the strong repression, our demands with democratic persistence, from which we will not deviate a millimeter, we have traveled a not inconsiderable journey, we still have a stretch to cover that we will only be able to do as we have traveled so far, ”he explained. 



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2020/12/20

The Assembly of Representatives of the Council for the Republic decides to contest power of Spain

The Assembly of Representatives of the Council for the Republic decided yesterday to contest the colonial power of Spain. A state discredited on the outside, scrapped on the inside and which has given up resolving the Catalan problem democratically. The Council for the Republic has presented the document "Let's get ready" which explains the Council's proposal on how to end the independence process. It is based on the idea that the First of October is the effective beginning of the process of independence of Catalonia, a process that ensures that it has had several phases:

1) Between 2010 and 2014, it served to popularize the idea of ​​independence and make it clear that it is the key to solving the country's problems.

2) The decision at the polls, from 2014 to 2017, including 9-N, the 2015 elections with the victory of Junts pel Sí and the CUP, and especially the referendum on self-determination and the subsequent proclamation of the independence.

3) From 2017 to 2020 and causes the crisis and the discredit of the regime for the use of repression, which opens the door to the proposal of the Council, as a fourth stage.

4) when independence must be prepared to dispute the power to Spain discredited abroad, broken inside and renounced democratically resolve the problem Catalan. Once the referendum stage is over, the Council states that three years later there are no new elements that justify a revision of its value, the Council for the Republic considers that the pro-independence party has sufficient representation to constitute Catalonia as an independent state and makes a proposal from the lessons of 2017, especially because the only reaction from Spain will be violence.

“This struggle must be dynamized and organized in an open way at three levels from the institutional, political, social, civic spheres and the general public:

Permanent mobilization, preparation and coordination (right to protest, democratic expression of rejection, action of denunciation, etc.).

Resistance and disobedience to state decisions that harm our collective interests and rights.

Non-collaboration in the administrative and economic functioning of the power of domination, in order to generate in the long run an unbearable wear and tear. ”

Representatives of the CUP, both from Poble Lliure and d'Endavant (OSAN), Junts per Catalunya, PDeCAT, Demòcrates, the ANC and Òmnium took part in the Assembly.



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2020/12/19

Catalan Nationalist Youth sign an agreement with Together for Catalonia (JxCat)

 

The National Council of the Nationalist Youth of Catalonia yesterday ratified the signing of the collaboration agreement with Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia, JxCat) for the elections on 14 February. In this way the JNC, led by the general secretary Judith Toronjo becomes the youth reference of JxCat that according to a survey of the CEO of today has grown in 2 years of an expectation of vote of 23-24 seats to 30- 32 MPs. A faction of 10% of the militants who have formed the Democratic Forum group close to the PDeCat has split from the JNC this year.

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2020/12/16

A Spaniard admits that he assaulted a couple who knew nothing because they spoke Catalan

A man has admitted that he assaulted a couple who knew nothing because they spoke Catalan and thought they were pro-independence. The confession has allowed him a pact with the Prosecutor's Office to avoid going to jail. Defendant and prosecutor have agreed to a one-year sentence for two hate crimes, and the man will also have to take two courses to encourage tolerance and to prevent violent behavior, in addition to paying a fine and compensation of 4,000. euros.

The victims are a man and a woman who, in September 2018, were in a bar in Badalona when the aggressor threw himself at them. According to the convict's statement, he heard that the victims spoke in Catalan about politics. Without any discussion or confrontation, and "with the will to humiliate or despise them for thinking that their ideology was pro-independence," he told them "sons of bitches, pro-independence, we will kill you all."

He threw a planter on the ground, threw a chair at the 64-year-old man, and began assaulting him. He knocked him to the ground and said, "I will kill you, I will cut off your neck. When the woman tried to stop the assault, the defendant pushed her hard and hit her with a fence.

The man ended up with several injuries to his neck, shoulders, chest, knee and foot. He was five days disabled and ten more with care, and still has joint pain. The woman injured her elbow, neck and a crack in a rib, which also took 15 days to heal.

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2020/12/14

The new parties join the Council for the Catalan Republic

The Left Movement (Moviment d'Esquerres), a split of the Spanish Socialist Party, as well as Catalan Solidarity for Independence (Solidaritat Catalana per la Independència) and Leftist Independentists (Independentistes d'Esquerra formed by former ERC members and veteran activists of the PSAN and Estat Català parties) have joined the Council for the Catalan Republic.

 The Council is a private organisation headed by deposed Catalan president and MEP Carles Puigdemont, which seeks to organise and promote the Catalan independence movement following the failure of the 2017 Catalan declaration of independence. It also promotes the defence of civil and political rights. The council would consist of the president and seven members.



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2020/12/12

Catalanophobia: New Spanish attack to the sculpture of the Sardana (Catalan dance)

The sculpture of the Sardana in Montjuic Mountain, Barcelona, has been vandalized twice in one week. The attack on the sculpture took place in two phases: first, two hands of one of the figures were broken and, one week later, the hands of the other 8 were broken. The sculpture of Josep Cañas, which consists of 8 dancers, was mutilated by Spaniards in 2002, one of the dancers was removed from the group. In October 2014 he also suffered an attack by Spanish Catalanophobics, this time 6 arms were broken.

The monument is a praise of the sardana, encourages regional folklore and has become a symbol of clandestine Catalanism in Barcelona. The pro Spanish mayorship elected by Catalunya en Comú (communists), PSOE (Socialists) and a split of far right C'anos party has been unable to restore the monument since two months.



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Catalan pro independence students unions win elections in Barcelona's University

The National Federation of Students of Catalonia (FNEC), has won 8 of the 30 seats (25% of 121 corresponding to students) at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona in the elections of 2 December. The union founded in 1931 presented 14 candidacies and has achieved a particularly remarkable result in economics where it has obtained 3 of the 6 seats and in law where it has obtained 3 of the 8 Representatives.

The Bloc Estudiantil (Students Block), formed by the Students' Union of the Catalan Countries, Espurna Feminista and Assemblea Ciutadella) presented 15 candidacies and has obtained 10 elected peoplewith a particularly remarkable result in politics where it has obtained 3 of the 3 places to choose. The sum of the two formations totals 18 of the 31 fseats to be chosen by students at UPF.

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2020/12/10

The Council for the Republic convenes the founding Assembly of Representatives to be held in Argelers

The Assembly of Representatives is the body of general representation and higher decision of the Council for the Republic. The Council for the Republic has convened the Founding Assembly of Representatives to be held in Argelers, in Northern Catalonia under French rule, on 19 December. Respecting the prevention regulations of the Covid-19, the members of the Assembly will participate both in physical and virtual assistance and will be carried out without public. All the people registered in the register of the Council by the Republic will be able to follow the session by the telematic channels of the own Council.

All the deputies of the Parliament of Catalonia in favor of Catalonia becoming an independent state in the form of a Republic who want to be part of it and, in any case, the deputies of the Parliamentary Groups who signed the Investiture Agreement that gave way to the current government of the Generalitat and the creation of the Council by the Republic, as determined by that Agreement and the Regulations of the Council, approved unanimously by the members of the Governing Council in its session on April 20.

The Assembly of Representatives, in accordance with the planned Agenda, in addition to electing its Bureau, will ratify the MHP as President of the Council for the Republic, will debate the political action of the Council and its Plan of Government, and shall also debate and vote on the Rules of Procedure of the Council.

This founding session will also debate and vote on the Electoral Regime that will be used to elect the future Ordinary Assembly of Representatives and which includes, among others, the following issues:




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