Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Carme Forcadell (ANC): "This Will Be the Most Important March in Catalonia's History"

The president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Mrs Carme Forcadell, has stated at a press conference that the March for Independence to be held today in Barcelona will be "the most important march in our history". The demonstration is taking place on the occasion of Catalonia's national day, 11 September, and is demanding independence for Catalonia under the slogan "A New State in Europe".

Around 1,000 people have participated in the organisation, in addition to a legion of volunteers who have contributed to put together an enormous social mobilisation. Ferran Civit, event coordinator, said that the public response will be massive:  "All available coaches in Catalonia have been hired to travel to Barcelona from all corners of the country, including Northern Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearics Islands. In total, 1,111 coaches will be coming to Barcelona".

According to Andreu Porta, international coordinator of the ANC, the impact of this event in the world media will be huge. All the important media from Europe, the Americas and Asia are covering the march. Over 300 journalists have been accredited by the ANC. The media that haven't been able to come to Barcelona may follow the march through TV3's Internet broadcast. In addition, the ANC has created a Twitter address, @assemblea_int, to provide a feed in English and Spanish during the day. Help Catalonia will also be broadcasting the march live throughout the day, both on the web and on Twitter.

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