Monday, October 1, 2012

Yeah, the economy here sucks, Sí, l'economia aquí és un desastre

But this is why most Catalans really want to leave Spain.  Not the letter, obviously, but the comments that the author is responding too.  He has my whole hearted agreement.

Però això és perquè tants Catalans volen sortir d'España, no la carta, clarament, però els sentiments que han ofès l'escriptor, i jo també.  Estic completament d'acord.

From Collectiu Emma, I quote in full from their site:  D'el pàgina Collectiu Emma.  He penjat tot que tenen allà.  Em fa por intentar traduir aquesta carta, si algú vol, ho intentaré.  Si sí, deixa'm un comentari.  

Letter to President Martin Schultz

(Signed by MEPs Ramon Tremosa and Raül Romeva, and former MEP Oriol Junqueras)

Dear President Schultz,

We are writing you concerning the public declarations realized b y Mr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, vice-president of the European Parliament, concerning a possible military intervention in Catalonia.

On September 28th, Mr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras participated in the program 'El Gato al Agua' in Intereconomía chanel, where openly proposed the suspension of Catalonia autonomics power and called the Spanish vice-president, Soraya Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, to prepare a general brigadier from la Guardia Civil should be sent to Catalonia in order to dissolve its autonomic status.

Mr. Vidal Quadras literally said "The called referendum (for Catalonia self-determination) is illegal. An institution of the Spanish Government, the Parliament of Catalonia, cannot take a decision against the current system. Other than going to (the Constitutional court), you have to do something else: Article 155 of the Constitution provides a mechanism to intervene an autonomic region, if that fails autonomy laws. (...) The militar, which I mentioned before, have to take over the power of the Mossos (Catalan Police). And that's it. And if people take the streets, it is ok, but they cannot live more than a month in demonstrations. The government, if they persist in this attitude of rebellion, must intervene to rebel autonomy. (...) We must make use legitimate and prudent proportional form of coercion."

We cannot accept under any circumstance that a Vice-president of the European Parliament calls for a military intervention against citizens of the Union who are demonstration peacefully its own thoughts. We remain you that all the demonstrations in Catalonia and the declaration of the Catalan Parliament are done through a strictly democratic procedure. These declarations violate the freedom of expression of many people in Catalonia and the normal democratic procedures in Catalonia and Spain. It is, indeed, a clear violation of the subordination of the military power to civilian and democratic decisions taken by citizens.

The threats of Mr. Vidal-Quadras are inappropriate and outrageous and a shame for the European Parliament, a truly democratic institution. As Vice-president of the European Parliament, Mr. Vidal-Quadras should respect the fundamental principals of the Union, reflected in the Article 3 of the TEU, where it state " 1. The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples." and " 2. The Union shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal frontiers, (...)"

As Members of this chamber, we do not accept any incitation to the used of military forces to resolved a conflict within the Union, and we call you, Mr. President, to firmly react to this declarations, reinforcing the foundations of the Union, which is guarantee the peace in Europe. The EU is a beacon of freedom and democracy as they are enshrined in articles 2 and 3 of the Treaty of the Union, and we call for your responsibility to guarantee a proper representation of the European Parliament throw their vice-presidents.

We ask you to ensure that Mr.Vidal-Quadras gives public apologies for this scandal. Otherwise, we trust you will take the necessary action to restore the honour of this democratic chamber.

1 comment:

thecatalanway said...

Well done for writing this up! I am still trying to digest the reality that such things are being threatened. And I have been not close to reliable internet for some days so it's hard to keep up with the news let alone write coherent blog posts.
Shouldn't there be a HUGE fuss about what was said?

love Kate x