What Subsequent for Catalonia?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Dwelling – Stephen Lendman)
On Tuesday, Catalan President Carles Puigemont and majority regional parliamentarians declared independence from Spain – then suspended it to pursue dialogue with Madrid.
The doc signed mentioned partly:
“We set up the Catalan Republic as an impartial and sovereign, authorized, democratic and social state.”
“Catalonia restores right now its full sovereignty, misplaced and longed for, after a long time of attempting, truthfully and loyally, institutional coexistence with the folks of the Iberian Peninsula.”
“Despite the violence and the repression to attempt to stop a democratic and peaceable course of, the residents of Catalonia have voted principally in favor of the structure of the Catalan Republic.”
“The structure of the Catalan Republic relies on the necessity to defend the liberty, safety and coexistence of all residents of Catalonia and to maneuver in direction of a state of legislation and a democracy of larger high quality, and reply to the obstacle by Spain to implement the suitable to self-determination of peoples.”
“The Catalan state will adjust to and can legally adjust to all of the provisions that make up this declaration and ensures that the authorized safety and upkeep of the subscribed agreements will probably be a part of the founding spirit of the Catalan Republic.”
“The Catalan Republic is a chance to appropriate the present democratic and social deficits and construct a extra affluent, fairer, safer, extra sustainable and extra supportive society.”
“WE AFFIRMING the need to open negotiations with Spain, with none earlier situations, geared toward establishing a collaboration system for the advantage of each events. The negotiations should essentially be on an equal footing.”
“I APPEAL to the States and worldwide organizations to acknowledge the Catalan Republic as an impartial and sovereign State.”
By declaring, then suspending, independence it is but to return into pressure. Launching the founding course of signifies that is the place Catalonia is heading – for positive dealing with stiff opposition from Madrid, unbending on this subject.
Significant dialogue is unlikely. If talks are held, Catalan officers will face calls for, not concessions past little greater than establishment situations.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy mentioned Catalonia’s declaration of independence “can have no impact.”
Deputy PM Soraya Saenz de Santamaria mentioned “(n)both Mr. Puigdemont nor anyone else can declare…to impose mediation.”
On Wednesday, Madrid officers will meet to resolve their subsequent transfer.
Professional-independence CUP parliamentarians expressed sturdy opposition to Puigdemont’s suspension.
Socialist Occasion chief Miquel Iceta mentioned “(y)ou cannot droop a declaration of independence you have not made. It is an insult to widespread sense.”
Tuesday’s declaration has no authorized pressure to date. Catalan MPs will formally vote on it if talks with Madrid fail or do not happen.
In his Tuesday deal with to parliament and thousands and thousands of Catalans, Puigdemont mentioned he is obligated to execute the need of the folks – delaying independence to pursue dialogue with Madrid, urging EU involvement.
Catalans overwhelmingly need independence from fascist Spain, sovereignty they’ve hunted for a whole lot of years.
Puigdemont and majority parliamentarians assist them. Formally declaring independence seems only a matter of time.
Given unbending Madrid opposition, imposing it’s one other matter solely, particularly with no world group assist.
A Closing Remark
On Monday, eight Nobel Peace laureates despatched an open letter to Madrid and Catalan leaders, ccing the European Fee, urging mediation and negotiations towards resolving issues peacefully.
They denounced Madrid-sponsored referendum day violence. Whereas taking no place on constitutional points, they defined separatist referendums have been performed peacefully in Scotland, Quebec and elsewhere.
“A individuals who really feel repressed seldom go quietly into the night time,” they burdened.
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize (1997)
Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize (1976)
Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Prize (1976)
Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize (1980)
Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nobel Peace Prize (1982)
President Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize (1996)
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize (2003)
Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize (2011)
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