Today between 1.5 and 2 million people will peacefully rally in favor for independence in Barcelona
On Wednesday September 9, the US Congress House Subcommittee on Europe met with representatives of Catalonia’s government, who briefed the Congressmen on the separatist question. Shortly after the session, the Chairman of the Subcommittee expressed its support for the recognition of Catalonia’s right to self-determination.
The news was not well received by Mr. García-Margallo, Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister who, in an effort to downplay the importance of the US stance on the matter, described the Congressman’s declaration as “the expression of support of a mere 1.1% of Congress”.
This step forward of the US Congress coincides with the Catalan National Day in which the Catalan population is showing its will to have the right to vote and decide about the future of Catalonia. Today, under the name ‘Via Lliure cap la República Catalana’ (‘Gateway to the Catalan Republic’) this 5.2 km-long rally will show the support and commitment of the different groups of society to the independence process that many parties and civil society organisations claim for Catalonia. According to the organisers, this time the demonstration wants to outline the will of a vast majority of the Catalan people to start creating a new and independent country.
Each of the last 3 years, more than a million people have demonstrated peacefully in Catalonia calling for independence. Following the 2013 human chain from one end of the country to the other with 1.5 million participants and the
V-shaped demonstration in Barcelona in 2014 with 1.8 million, this year’s demonstration will take place only a few weeks before the Catalan plebiscitary election.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has organized Gateways to the Catalan Republic in 17 US cities: New York NY, Washington DC, Boston MA, San Francisco and Los Angeles CA, Seattle WA, Houston and Dallas TX, Cincinnati OH, Miami FL, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Minneapolis MN, Oklahoma City OK, Boulder CO Tempe AZ, and Portland OR.
These early elections scheduled on Sept 27 will be held after the symbolic non-binding vote on Nov 9, 2014 in which 2.3 million participated with 80% of the vote in favor of secession from Spain. Should the Catalan alliance of pro-independence candidates secure a majority on Sept 27, the new Catalan Government will proclaim independence within 18 months.