WE REJECT ACTIONS THAT RESTRICT DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND CATALONIA’S RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNMENT

We act in response to the indispensable commitment of civil society to the economic and social aspirations of the Catalan people. We emphatically reject the events that are occurring in institutions, companies and private homes. Democracy and freedom of expression are core values of our society, and we must all work in their name.

We have repeatedly expressed our support for the Catalan people’s right to decide. The Parliament of Catalonia is the democratic institution through which the people’s will is expressed. In the last two legislatures, the majority of representatives were elected with a mandate to discern the will of the people regarding the position of Catalonia in relation to Spain in a clean, democratic and legal way. We regret that this mandate cannot be met by means of an agreed and binding referendum. We condemn the fact that the rejection of dialogue is leading to the limitation of public rights and freedoms.

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