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September 14, 2019

Government Council statement

Next October 1 will be the second anniversary of the day when the people of Catalonia exercised their right to self-determination and decided to build an independent state in the form of a republic. The exercise of this right is recognized by the International Pact for Civil and Political Rights, by the Spanish Government and is incorporated in the Spanish Constitution of 1978, and yet it was then denied by the Spanish government’s violent repression in its attempt to stop it. Nevertheless, the determination of the lawful institutions of Catalonia and the Catalan people defeated the Spanish Government’s efforts.

Next October 1 will also be the second anniversary of the beginning of the strategy of repression implemented by the powers of the State; from the Head of State to the Courts that have put our political and social leaders on trial as their only answer to the aspirations of the Catalan people. Hundreds of people have been arrested, exiled and prosecuted in these two years.

The pro-independence movement has always called for dialogue and negotiations to solve what is a political issue. This approach, which has enjoyed the support of most Catalans, whatever their preference in terms of the country’s future status, has been systematically ignored by the Spanish Government. Today, despite the repression, we are still open to debate and dialogue.

After a new massive demonstration on this year’s “Diada”, and in the lead-up to the judicial sentencing of our political and social leaders, the governing board of the “Consell per la República” met on September 12 in Waterloo and agreed to make public the following conclusions from their dialogue.

1.To propose to the state a platform for negotiations to solve the conflict set within the following framework:

  • 1.1 Recognition by the Spanish Government of the right of self-determination that the Catalan people exercised on October 1, 2017.
  • 1.2 The ending of repression and a total respect for civil and political rights as internationally recognized.
  • 1.3 Independent mediation for the negotiations.

2.The actions of Catalan institutions and civil society to pursue the right of self-determination cannot be blocked, by repression or by a refusal to engage in dialogue by majority of Spanish political forces and institutions.

3.In accord with our mission to give effect to the mandate emanating from the referendum for independence of October 1, 2017, the Council:

  • 3.1 Urges civil society and the Catalan institutions to prepare the measures and actions necessary to implement the popular mandate for independence.
  • 3.2 Calls on the Catalan people to mobilize to support the actions of Catalan institutions to implement this mandate, exercising civil rights essential in an established democratic system, as well as to engage in civil disobedience whenever necessary, always within the framework of nonviolent struggle.
  • 3.3 Considers that as long as the mandate emanating from the referendum is not fully implemented, any decisions taken by parliament, being the embodiment of the people’s sovereignty, will have the status of a referendum.

4.We call on European and international institutions, above all the European Union, in line with their obligations arising from international agreements, to ensure that human rights and democracy are respected in Spain.