Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sant Jaume de Frontanyà will hold a referendum on independence

Today at noon, the plenary at Tremp will decide if they will hold a referendum •* continues to grow, with almost 11,000 signatures

The plenary of Sant Jaume de Frontanyà, the smallest town in Catalonia, has given its support to holding a referendum on independence. The proposal, brought forth by the mayor's office, was unanimously approved yesterday. The mayor, Ramon Vilalta, of ERC, will get in touch with to get support on how to hold the referendum, as there is no entity nor individual that can convoke it. Today at noon in Tremp, they will also decide whether to hold a referendum.

Now, the referendums on independence extend not only within our country, but also throughout Europe, especially because of a meeting held last week in Vienna. Taking advantage of the presence in that city of representatives of various Catalan communities in Europe, on Saturday they held the first-ever meeting on the role of the Catalan community abroad in the process of self-determination for Catalonia.

Catalans abroad don't depend on "party ties"

According to the organizing commission, Consulta 13-S*, there were more than 50 participants, from Andorra, Austria, The Basque Country, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland. There was also a group of participants from Catalonia. In order to get first-hand information on the formalization of the referendums and on the evolution of the movement, the organizers of the referendum in Arenys de Munt, Josep Manel Ximenis and Jordi Bilbeny, were also invited.

The invitation said, among other things, "Maybe in a not-so-distant future it will be necessary for European public opinion to understand us in order to welcome us." And also, "The citizens that live and work in our respective adopted countries constitute the real lobby, that of the group of citizens who don't depend on party ties." And in closing, "We can prepare the terrain of public opinion in an independent fashion and explain the Catalan case from a realistic, honest, and open Catalan perspective."

Originally published in VilaWeb on 15/Oct/09 at 12:56h

Translation Notes

*Vullvotar means "I want to vote"

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