The next October 1 The Generalitat will ask citizens if they want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic. The President of the Government, Carles Puigdemont, has announced the date and question of the Catalan referendum in a solemn act held in the Pati dels Tarongers del Palau. “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?”, will be the question to answer with a ‘yes’ or with a ‘no’.
Flanked by the vice president, Oriol Junqueras, and the president of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell and supported by the rest of the members of the Government and deputies of Junts Pel Sí and the CUP, Puigdemont has read the institutional statement agreed at the extraordinary meeting of the Executive Council this morning.
In his presentation, Puigdemont stated that, “in exercise of the legitimate right to self-determination which has a millenary nation “like Catalonia, intends to call the referendum, the result of which the Government” undertakes to apply. “
“It is up to the Catalans to decide their future. It is in their hands to make it possible. Democracy unites us above the discrepancies,” he stressed.
As announced by the president, the question will be formulated in the three official languages of Catalonia: Catalan, Spanish and Aranese.
General view of the solemn and institutional act held today at the Pati dels Tarongers del Palau. EFE
“Right to freely decide the future”
Puigdemont has stressed that the Catalan executive “is conspiring to offer all guarantees and to ensure the correctness of the process of calling, organizing and holding the referendum “, and has called on the Catalans” to collectively assume, with the utmost dignity and demand, the exercise of an inalienable right: the right of people to decide freely. the future of your country. “
The Catalan president recalled that the Government has explained its position in the “whole world” and that an agreement with the State has been sought “repeatedly”, expressing its “firm will” to negotiate. However, Catalonia is reaching “the end of term without any positive responseThus, in compliance with its commitment to a “referendum or referendum”, agreed or not endorsed by the Parliament in a majority way, the Government is preparing to call the appointment.
Puigdemont, who has begun his appearance remembering that they are seven years after the Constitutional Court ruling Against the Statute, he has criticized that “an entire political, social, economic and media system – that of the State – does not have any will to participate in the solution of a real and profound problem.” Given this, he has concluded that it is time for the Catalans to decide their future, and has ended the statement with a ‘Visca Catalunya’.