Spain: ‘Rajoy crossed too many red lines’ — Puigdemont fire up Catalans ahead of referendum

President Mariano Rajoy crossed this week too many red lines for us to contemplate it with indolence. Government members have been detained, private residences and councils have been registered, websites have been closed, magazines have been censored, and the autonomy of Catalonia has been suspended illegally by blocking the bank accounts of the Generalitat. All the machinery of the Spanish State... Еще is aimed at preventing Catalans from voting on October 1. The arrests, the spectacular and exaggerated way how they were carried on, the opacity and confusion that surrounded them, have hurt especially the harmed families, the work environments and the colleagues. Naturally, these are not easy days for all of us, especially for the colleagues and public servants who are still deprived of their freedom right now for defending the right of us all to vote. It's not easy days, certainly, but we feel strong. While Spain acts as a regime in which the authority of force grows inversely as the moral authority, we are increasingly being supported by the most important assets that the people of Catalonia have: their people. In the 21st century, the states no longer pivot around the brute force but the strength of the people, and of that force, fortunately, we have a lot. That is why, dear fellow citizens, we are completely supportive and ready to face the attacks that will come. On October 1 the referendum on self-determination that we have summoned will be held. It will be done because we have contingency plans to guarantee it, but above all, it will be done because it has the support of the vast majority of the population that is tired of the arrogance and abuse of the government of the Partido Popular. It is no longer a question of deciding a political tie with the State but of whether we want to live in a fully democratic regime that respects freedoms. This is how thousands and thousands of citizens who have manifested themselves throughout Spain have demonstrated in solidarity with the Catalan people and their rights, and to whom I would like to greet fraternally their courage and commitment. I want to appeal to people to continue to defend their celebration until October 1, with the same enthusiasm, civility and firmness that has done so far. If we are all united and we continue to act with the same conviction and the same civility that has characterized us, I am completely sure that we will win the challenge posed by an authoritarian state.» President of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont in Barcelona said that «President Mariano Rajoy crossed this week too many red lines,» in a statementhe delivered in Barcelona on Thursday. «All the machinery of the Spanish State is aimed at preventing Catalans from voting on October 1,» Puigdemont said, citing that «government members have been detained, private residences and councils have been registered, websites have been closed, magazines have been censored, and the autonomy of Catalonia has been suspended illegally by blocking the bank accounts of the Generalitat.» Puigdemont described the ongoing wave of arrests as «spectacular and exaggerated» before he added, «t's not easy days, certainly, but we feel strong.» Some 700 mayors face the risk of being arrested for supporting the independence referendum. Catalan citizens will vote in an upcoming historic independence referendum on October 1, in a ballot that has been ruled illegal and unconstitutional by the Spanish Supreme Court.

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