Catalan Republican Elevator Pitch

Catalan Republican Elevator Pitch

Elevator Pitch: 3 reasons for Catalonia's Republican movement

Very short version, if the elevator goes to the 4th floor

  • Spain imprisons those who start a democratic process. More than 2 Million Catalans disobeyed, and organized the 1O Referendum. The referendum itself is legal. The fact that 2+ Million people took such risks is a clear sign that something is wrong, and requires political solutions. Spain keeps refusing dialogue with Catalonia about the root causes of the conflict: Self-determination.
  • 80% of Catalans believe an independence referendum is the best solution, that is, 80% are ready to accept the results. This goes beyond the percentage of votes for pro-independence parties in Catalan Parliament. According to several polls a significant percentage of Catalan PP, C's, and PSC voters also state that the best solution to the conflict is political, and require an independence referendum, despite the official opinion of the parties themselves.
  • Had Spain empowered Catalonia, praised its achievements, and celebrated its cultural diversity, there'd be no conflict today. Spain is a centralist state, is opposed to the development of federalistic structures, and has opted for bashing, humiliation, and repression towards culturally rich, economic top performers such as Catalonia.

A bit longer version, if the elevator goes to the 10th floor

  • Spain imprisons people, has exiles, and holds political prisoners for having started a democratic process. More than 2 Million Catalans disobeyed, and organized the 1O Referendum. The referendum itself is legal, and the Constitution includes the self-determination right. Catalonia repeatedly asked Spain for an independence referendum, but Spain invariably refused. The fact that 2+ Million people took such risks is a clear sign that something is wrong, and requires political solutions. Spain keeps refusing dialogue with Catalonia about the root causes of the conflict: Self-determination, among others. Laws are meant to serve people's needs, must be openly interpreted to serve people's needs, and must be changed if they no longer serve people's needs. Justice in Spain is not independent, fascist crimes from Franco's regime have never been resolved, the king of Spain is Franco's heir, and state corruption is broadly extended. Right winged parties such as PP, C's, or VOX, serve an oligarchy protected by the Spanish regime. Spain violates important foundations of the Spanish constitution, such as people's equality, and welfare, to serve the interests of this oligarchy. More examples: Altsasu boys are in prison for unclear street fight with the police, while "Manada" police rapers are out of prison. Spain has built many useless, and unprofitable airports, while it destroyed the exemplary Health Care system in Catalonia. See also Important flaws in Spanish constitution.
  • 80% of Catalans believe an independence referendum is the best solution for the conflict, that is, 80% are ready to accept the results. This goes beyond the percentage of votes for pro-independence parties in Catalan Parliament. Catalonia is united in tolerance. On government elections some people tend to vote party ideology, rather than only pro/against independence. According to several polls a significant percentage of Catalan PP, C's, and PSC voters also state that the best solution to the conflict is political, and requires an independence referendum, and this is in contradiction with the position of the parties themselves.
  • Had Spain empowered Catalonia, praised its achievements, and promoted and supported its development, and human, social, and economic growth, there'd be no conflict today. Spain is a strongly centralist state with no federalistic structures, and has invariably opted for bashing, humiliation, and repression against multilingual, diverse, economically top performer regions such as, e.g. Catalonia. Spain blocks its own development into a federalistic state, does not honestly celebrate cultural diversity and multiple languages, and often works against Catalonia's success. Spain broke an important agreement on 2010 about a slightly reformed Catalan Estatut voted by Catalans on 2006 in full agreement with Spain. This was the last straw that broke the camel's back. A democratic state has the duty to be solidary with all members. This includes supporting top performers for the benefit of the union. One of our activist members just wrote A leadership story as analogy for state politics. Catalonia economically outperforms other regions, and is ready for solidarity agreements with Spain as equals, rather than as subordinates. See Solidarity statement in Catalan Declaration of Independence. A Catalan Republic within Europe is a Win/Win situation for all. The relationship between Catalonia and Spain collaborating with each other as equals, incl. multiple passports for citizens, will be much healthier, and profitable for Spain, Catalonia, and Europe than over the past decades.

Resolving a few myths, if the elevator gets stuck between 2 floors

  • The majority in Catalonia doesn't want independence. Really? That's part of Spain's propaganda. If that were the case, Spain wouldn't be so nervous about an independence referendum. Pro-Independence parties (JxCat+ERC+CUP) have the majority of votes, and seats in Catalan Parliament with 47,6% votes, CatComú party is neutral regarding independence with 7,5% votes, and unionist parties (PP+C+PSC) amount to max. 43,5% votes.
    Summarizing: 47,5% Pro-Independence vs. 43,5% Unionist votes. Within the 7,5% "neutral" votes some people are also pro-independence but they differentiate themselves from Pro-independence parties, because they don't agree to disobedience strategies. The referendum on 1-O was boycotted by unionist parties, and some pro-independence people may have stayed at home for ideological reasons, or because they were afraid of Spanish repression. On government elections some people tend to vote party ideology, rather than only pro/against independence. The real opinion of voters shows strikingly in several polls where even a significant percentage of Catalan PP, C's, or PSC voters state that the best solution to the conflict is political, and requires an independence referendum, and this is in contradiction with the position of the parties themselves. That's the 80% of tolerant people we mentioned above, ready to accept the results of a referendum.
  • Germany has forbidden independence for Bavaria, and Catalonia is like Bavaria. Really? Despite some common places, politically comparing Catalonia and Bavaria is like comparing apples and oranges, or apples and pears, like we say in German. Currently only a small minority of people in Bavaria wants independence. Reasons are probably that people in Bavaria are happy with Germany's federalistic structure, and don't need to go beyond, because they are already a Freistaat Bayern. The German constitution may forbid some parties for historical reasons, but does not include a poisonous "unity of Germany" article imposed by the military, like shameful Article 2 of the Spanish Constitution. Germany may have refused to negotiate with the minority of Bavaria independence supporters, because they are a very small group of people. Our guess is that Germany would be open for a political solution if confronted with a big amount of very unhappy people like in Catalonia. Germany has made a real democratic transition after World War II, unlike Spain after the Franco civil war, and Franco's death.
    There are similarities, and important differences among all independence movements in Europe, in addition to Bavaria, and thus solutions need to be addressed case by case.
  • Spain is one of the most decentralized states in the world. Really? This is pure Spanish unionist propaganda, and can be deconstructed very easily. See a few examples in Spain, a most centralized state.
  • Nationalism is dangerous for Europe. Yup, but who are real Nationalists? Unhealthy nationalism comes from centralist, uniformity obsessed, or repressive states like, e.g. Spain, or Hungary. France is also a very centralist state. Catalonia is none of the above. Catalonia welcomes diversity, understands nation as cultural community, and doesn't care about origins, ethnics, or state uniformity. Catalonia's independence movement is pro-Europe, and this includes working on solutions to the current challenges of the EU, rather than leaving the EU. See also Wer ist der böse Nationalist, bitteschön?
  • Catalonia is divided. Really? Catalonia is united in tolerance. Spain unionist propaganda works hard to destroy peace, and tolerance, and sow division in Catalonia. This is an old and dirty power strategy, which was also used against the Scottish independence movement. The only divided families in Catalonia for political reasons are the families of the political prisoners. We kindly invite you to live in Catalonia for a while to see for yourself how tolerant community life in Catalonia is, despite destructive unionist propaganda. See examples: Catalonia, united in tolerance.
  • Was bedeutet wirklich "Einheit" in einer Verfassung? Eine demokratische Verfassung hat als Priorität Nummer 1, Menschenrechte zu garantieren. Die territoriale Untrennbarkeit als Priorität Nummer 1 zu definieren, wie Spanien im Art. 2 der Verfassung macht, steht im klaren Widerspruch zu den Menschenrechten. Die richtig demokratische Interpretation von "etat indivisible", wie z.B. in der französischen Verfassung, ist eher Gleichheit der Rechtsprechung für alle Menschen im Land. Es ist nicht zeitgemäß, in der Verfassung einen Einheitsartikel so zu interpretieren, dass "das Territorium sich NIE verkleinern DARF". Was bedeutet das bitteschön? Es ist eine Wahnvorstellung! Wieso unterstützt die EU die Wahnvorstellungen der Mitgliedstaaten? Einheit in einer Verfassung sollte bedeuten, Gleichheit der Rechtsprechung für alle Menschen, gleiche Rechte und Verantwortungen, gleiche Standards für das Land, gleiche Garantien für alle. Nie sollte es bedeuten, dass Wandel untersagt ist. Die Geschichte der Menschheit ist voller Wandel. Die Grenzen sind immer im Fluss, leider oft durch Kriege. Die EU will Krieg vermeiden aber indem sie die Wahnvorstellungen der Mitglieder unterstützt, unterstützt sie indirekt was anderes, sehr Gefährliches. Kein Staat hat das Recht, zu behaupten, geschweige denn in der Verfassung zu schreiben "Mein Territorium gehört MIR für IMMER und EWIG", d.h. "friss oder stirb oder Krieg". Keine Minderheit will sich aus Spaß trennen: Menschen haben gute Gründe und gehören ernst genommen. Gesetze sind da, um Menschen zu dienen und weise und mit Güte interpretiert zu werden. Sprache enthält immer eine gewisse Ambivalenz und im Zweifel sind Rechte und Würde der Menschen zuerst, wie die deutsche Verfassung im Artikel 1 zusammenfasst.