The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, and the rest of the members of the Government have signed at 11:35 p.m. this Wednesday the Decree calling the referendum of October 1, and another of complementary measures.
The signing of the decree has taken place in the Parliament after the referendum law has been approved in the chamber and published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya, a necessary step so that it could be signed.
Before the signing, which was done in a room of the Parliament, the entire Government in plenary session met after 10:30 p.m., and then the councilors signed it one by one, followed by the vice president, Oriol Junqueras, and finally from the president, Carles Puigdemont.
After signing the call, in an institutional statement in the Auditorium of the Parliament and also accompanied by all its executive, Puigdemont has assured that “he will defend until the end” the right to decide of Catalonia and has called on the Catalans to vote in the referendum on October 1, the result of which will “link” the Government.
“The decision of the citizens will bind us, it cannot be otherwise, and we will defend until the end the right of all Catalans to vote, decide and to be the ones who determine their future. Catalonia will democratically decide its future on October 1”, the president has highlighted.
According to the president, “in defense of this right we put everything we have, all the work, all the effort and all the will and commitment. It is what governments have to do – he added – when in the history of their country they arrive moments like this, at a crossroads, decisive, in which we all without exception assume our responsibility “.
The Catalan president has summoned “the citizens of our country to decide in what way to guide the future of Catalonia: if by the path of autonomy and the cut Statute or by a new path as an independent state in the form of a republic “.
“Now is the time for citizenship -he added-, to culminate this long process with a response that has the same democratic commitment of these years: civic, participatory, positive and transversal “.
Puigdemont has considered that “to decide through the ballot box, listen to the population, accept their verdict … that is democracy. Denying that right, treating Catalans as subjects at the service of a State that manufactures threats at the same rate that it manufactures breaches, that is not democracy, it is something else “.
In his opinion, Catalonia has the “opportunity” to become a “democratic, modern and free” state, a decision that “will correspond to the people, not to any court, council of ministers or Constitutional Court that is delegitimized, discredited and politicized to inappropriate levels. “.
Because “no one has the authority or power to seize our right to decide. It belongs to the people. We will not allow ourselves to expropriate this right, evict democracy or annul our human rights.”
And it has reiterated that it calls all citizens to vote and show their option before independence, “all equally legitimate”. “There is no need for threats or insults, it is a moment of great hope, great enthusiasm and recognition for those who have preceded us in the fight for democratic conquests.”
“In times of change, in which a notable part of the citizenry asks for and expects changes,” he declared, “staying without doing anything is an attitude of resignation that prevents progress. The world evolves, advances and makes decisions. And Catalonia belongs to a world that advances. And he will decide his future democratically on 1-O “.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.