Mayors from Catalonia explain the reasons for the 9 November consultation
DIPLOCAT – 97% of the municipalities (920 out of 947) have approved motions in favour of the vote
Last Saturday, the mayors were the protagonists of a historic and powerful picture in the act of support of the 9 November vote that was held at the main government building in Barcelona, the Palau de la Generalitat. They represented the 920 municipalities, out of a total of 947 (97%), that approved motions in favour of the consultation.
Seven of these mayors appear in a new video of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), explaining the reasons why Catalonia wants to vote on its political future. The mayors represent diverse geographic areas of the country, as well as different parties and ideologies. The video forms part of the website www.cataloniavotes.eu, which contains information on the 9 November consultation in English, French and German for the international audience.
The mayor of Girona, Carles Puigdemont (CDC), explains the compatibility between democracy and legality while defending that if people opt for democracy, the legality needs to be adapted, and that Catalonia should have its own voice as a sovereign nation.
Josep Maria Vila d’Abadal (ex-UDC), mayor of Vic and President of the Association of Municipalities for Independence, is convinced that the consultation is the path that has to allow for Catalonia to become a new state in Europe.
Jordi Solé (ERC), mayor of Caldes de Montbui, insists in the concept of democratic rights and reminds us that all the alternative ways of finding a suitable fit for Catalonia in the Spanish state have failed.
The mayor of Deltebre, Josep Emili Bertomeu (PSC), gives an example of the exercise of popular will, when his municipality decided to become independent from Tortosa 37 years ago, and affirms that Catalonia equally has the right to decide on its future.
The mayor of Vilassar de Dalt, Xavier Godàs (Grup d’Esquerres de VD), believes that in the political and legal framework of the EU, voting is normal and serves to determine the preferences of citizens, and that there can be no comprehensible reasons, legal or other, to prevent this.
Àlex Moga (CDA), mayor of Vielha and Mijaran, reiterates that Catalonia has always respected the language and identity of the Val d’Aran and for this reason the consultation merits his full support.
Finally, the mayor of Flix, Marc Mur (ex-PSC), reasons that Catalonia is a normal country, in which democratic institutions have taken a decision in accordance with the will of its citizens and, as such, Catalonia should be able to decide its future.