Information about Òmnium Cultural
Òmnium has over 50,000 members and 31 local branches. Conducts campaigns, activities and also large events such as the demonstration which brought together one million people in 2010 against the ruling handed down by Spain’s Constitutional Court against the Statute of Catalonia (a charter listing the rights and obligations of Catalans), the Concert for Freedom held on 29 June 2013 and attended by 90,000 people at the Camp Nou or the Catalan Way which took place on 11th September 2013 with over hundreds of thousands taking part.
Since this autumn the organisation is promoting a far-reaching campaign called "Ara és l'hora" (It's time) which aims to back the Catalan civil society’s wish for Catalonia to hold a referendum in 2014 in favour of self-determination and also to promote the Yes option. 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".
Finally, Catalan president Artur Mas designed a new plan to dodge the blocking from Madrid for the 9 November independence vote: polling stations with ballots and boxes with agreed two-part question and organised by the Government of Catalonia. Most civil society organisations agreed the consultation is not what they and Most Catalans wanted, but accept it as long as the 9N becomes a new form of mobilisation. Despite the opposition of the Spanish government 2.3 million people voted 9 November.
It was the first step in a two-round process. An early election is going to be held on the 27th of September wich will become a ‘de facto’ referendum on independence from Spain. Òmnium are stil campaigning for Yes vote next 27 Sept and promoting new projects such as the Catalan Weekend.
Furthermore, Òmnium promotes programmes to support the Catalan language and culture such as El Premi d’Honor de les Lletres Catalanes (The Catalan Literature Prize of Honour), Nit de Santa Llúcia, Sant Jordi, the Canigó Flame and the 11th of September (the national day of Catalonia). The agency is also a promoter of the Somescola.cat platform which defends the model of linguistic immersion that enables students in Catalonia to finish their compulsory studies with knowledge of both Catalan and Spanish language and literature.
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