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Catalans want to vote on November 9 - MWC

9 November and plebiscitary election

Who is leading? - MWC

Who is leading?
  • Several civil society organisations are pushing politicians to hold a referendum on self-determination despite the Spanish government’s rejection of such an action.
  • The Yes Catalan Campaign is called "Ara és l'hora" (It's time) promoted by Òmnium Cultural and Catalan National Assembly with other civil society organisations. The campaign want to assure the self-determination voting and the victory of yes to independence. The campaign is working with 50.000 volunteers trhoughout Catalonia.
  • Last 11st September, the Catalan National Day, 1.8 million pepole demonstrated in Barcelona in support of voting independence through the 9th November referendum. They formed a big mosaic of Catalan flag and a giant letter V of "vote" and "victory".
  • 1.6 million people participated in a 480-km (300 miles) human chain in support of Catalan independence in September 2013. The previous year, 1.5 million people demonstrated in Barcelona in support of a new Catalan state in Europe.
  • 512 municipalities held a civic referendum on independence organised by thousands of volunteers and organisations in 2009 and 2010. 1.5 million Catalans voted, mainly in favour of independence.
 

Why now? -MWC

Why now?
  • Spanish ruling parties tried to build a homogenous country without respecting diversity, plurinationality and established self-government and agreements. This is clear in education and fiscal policies.
  • Spain's system of sharing tax revenues among the 17 regions short-changes Catalonia by about €16 billion annually. That amounts to more than €2,000 per inhabitant, or around 8% of Catalonia's output. In Germany this is limited to 4% between Länder.
  • The turning point was the Spanish Constitutional Court’s rejection of the new agreement on self-government, ratified in a referendum in 2006. The Court rewrote 14 articles and dictated the interpretation for 27 more, mainly relating to language, justice and fiscal policies. One million people marched on July 10, 2010 in Barcelona calling for national self-determination.
  • Since 2010 most Catalans think that only the right of self-determination can guarantee the Catalans’ political, economic and cultural survival, and also good and strong welfare state policies. According to the latest opinion surveys, most Catalans are in favour of independence.
 

Barcelona, the Catalan capital -MWC

Catalonia
  • Catalonia is a nation of 7.5 million inhabitants and has a distinctive culture and history. Barcelona, a Mediterranean and European city, is the capital. With a surface area of 32,107 square kilometres and a population density of 233 inhabitants per Km2, it is similar to Switzerland or Denmark.
  • A multicultural society. 37% of Catalans were born abroad, enriching culture, and more than 200 languages are spoken there.
  • A modern economy. Catalonia has a modern and strong economy based on industry. Logistics, tourism and the knowledge economy have grown faster in recent years. The GDP per capita is 26,600 euros (2010), higher than the EU27 average (24,500 euros) and similar to that of the UK (27,500 euros). Catalonia is also the top contributor to Spanish exports with 25%. The sale of goods from Catalan companies to the rest of the world was €58 billion in 2012 —surpassing the €49 billion in sales from the rest of Spain that year.


 
  • Catalonia has its own Parliament and has been exercising its self-government as an autonomous community since 1977, when The Generalitat Government was re-established. The Spanish Constitution was approved in 1978. The Generalitat was established in 1359 and the Parliament in the 1283, which makes it one of the oldest in Europe.
  • Catalonia lost its independence in the War of Succession of 1714, 300 years ago and Catalans have suffered repression and dictatorships throughout history, such as Franco’s regime (1939-1975). However, the region has kept its national identity, language, and culture alive.

What do you know about Catalan culture? - MWC

Culture
  • Catalans have made numerous contributions to universal culture. Well-known figures include Gaudí, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, Pau Casals, Mercè Rodoreda and Ferran Adrià. Catalonia is also the home of the world-famous FC Barcelona football team. 
 
If you want to know more about our culture you could read it ni the following languages: 
ENGLISH  -  CASTELLANO  -  FRANÇAIS  -  DEUTSCHE  -  ITALIANO  -  日本の  -  русский

 

Catalana language - MWC

Language
  • An official language: Catalan, the official language along with Spanish, is the common language used at school and it has a daily use in media, university, business, public administration and culture.
  • A European language: 10 million people understand Catalan. It is the 9th most spoken language in the EU, situated ahead of 14 official EU languages.
  • A living language: Catalan is the 19th language on Twitter and is very much alive on the Internet, with the .cat domain. The main mobile phone companies have adopted it as an option for their operating system interfaces.

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About Us
 


Òmnium Cultural is an independent organisation founded in 1961 with over 38,000 members. Its main goals are to defend and promote the Catalan language, culture and social cohesion.

You could read more about Òmnium and for any further information, explanations please contact us at comunicacio@omnium.cat.

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