August 17, 2013

Catalunya Acció supports Julie Girling MEP


Catalunya Acció supports Mrs Julie Girling MEP with her proposal for a boycott to Spain within the conflict of Gibraltar and will ask her to make it extensive to the bid of Madrid 2020, for all Member States of the Commonwealth to vote accordingly.

Mrs Julie Girling MEP encouraged all British citizens to a tourist boycott to Spain, and thanked all the support showed from Catalonia towards the Government of Gibraltar. In addition, Mrs Girling recommended her compatriots to spend their holidays in Catalonia instead of Spain. We must appreciate this gesture of sympathy from European politicians to Catalonia, which are not usual, and Catalunya Acció would like to thank Mrs Girling for this.

On the other hand, on July 18, different organizations supporting the independence of Catalonia -Catalunya Acció was amongst them, presented the campaign "There will be no Madrid 2020 if there is no Catalonia 2014", where there was presented a boycott to the Olympic bid Madrid 2020 if the Spanish government continued not authorising a referendum for independence of Catalonia in the next year. About this question, we said in our manifesto that a State that denies democratic rights of Catalans can not organise a universal fraternity event like the Olympic Games. We may now see that Spain wants to despise the overwhelmingly wish of the inhabitants of Gibraltar to continue being British citizens too.
It is because of this that Catalunya Acció will propose to Mrs Girling that this campaign was extended to all Members of the Commonwealth in the following days. So that their representatives to the IOC voted in favour of other cities in the extraordinary session to be held at Buenos Aires, on September 7.

Catalunya Acció
Barcelona, 16 August 2013
August 09, 2013


Catalunya Acció suggests President Artur Mas to invite Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo, to the official celebrations on next September 11th in Barcelona to homage the Catalans who participated in the conquest of the actual British Overseas Territory in 1704.
This year, 300 have passed since the signature of the Treaty of Utrech, for which Gibraltar came under British sovereignty and Catalonia lost its freedom. But we must not forget that Catalan participation was decisive for the Rock to be British territory. In 1704, a battalion of 350 Catalans commanded by General Basset, conquered the beach now called "Catalan Bay", in remembrance of the act that allowed the landing of the Austracist expedition and the later conquest of Gibraltar.

It is for that reason that this September 11th 2013, counting with the presence of the maximum Gibraltarian authority, it would be the best possible scenario for a patriotic and national homage to those Catalans who heroically collaborated in that Gibraltar enjoyed its British condition, as is the majority of Gibraltarians wish to be. We cannot forget that the take of Gibraltar in 1704 happened within the political and military conflict that finished with the abolition of the laws and freedom of Catalonia, that the Catalan government wants to commemorate in 2014. 

Three centuries later, Catalans and Gibraltarians have to suffer Spanish imperial pretensions. They continue saying that our land is theirs and we have no right to decide what we want to be. Exactly like in times of Philip V. In all Gibraltar, thanks to its condition of British Overseas Territory, can continue maintaining its actual status in front of vile threats from the Spanish government. This is not the case of Catalonia. We only depend on ourselves and the possible international alliances to be set in the future. The invitation from our government to Fabian Picardo would be, undoubtedly, a good way to start making effective and necessary relationships to achieve the independence of Catalonia.

In the next few days,  Catalunya Acció will let Mr Mas to know this proposal in detail.

Catalunya Acció
Barcelona, 9th August 2013
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