Misc 21/07/2015

Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes): "We are all in, we’ve reached the end of the line"

Romeva, Forcadell, Casals, Mas, and Junqueras present the unified separatist candidacy for 27-S

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Romeva, Forcadell, Casals, Mas i Junqueras en l'acte de presentació de la candidatura conjunta pel 27-S / PERE VIRGILI

"What we are doing here is far from ordinary, and we have united in order to be able to do extraordinay things". So said candidate Raül Romeva in justifying the exceptional nature of the unified list Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes), bringing together different parties and organizations with the common goal of independence. As to the attitude of the central government towards the process of winning the election, proclaiming independence, and drafting a Catalan constitution, Romeva admitted that "they won’t make things easy", but that if they "block Catalonia’s self-rule", they will go ahead "and declare independence" anyway. "We are all in, we’ve reached the end of the line, and this is for real", stated the head of the list and former MEP for ICV. He reminded the public that the government that comes out of the 27-S elections will have a clear and concise mandate, and the objective, once independence is proclaimed, of calling constituent elections. "And, when that time comes, may the best party win".

Meanwhile, Artur Mas affirmed that 27-S is a new step in the process for Catalonia to achieve its own state that, in addition, it will be done from an unequivocally democratic will: "We will use ballot boxes whenever necessary for the people to decide", said the CDC leader and President of the Generalitat, noting that this was also done after the demonstrations on 11 September, 2012 and 9 November, 2014. He said this at the presentation event where he was accompanied by Oriol Junqueras, leader of ERC, Raül Romeva, and the 2nd and 3rd candidates for Barcelona-- the former presidents of ANC and Òmnium, Carme Forcadell and Muriel Casals. "We have united and we are ready. We are writing important pages in the history of our nation", said Mas. Junqueras, in his presentation, said that independence is "a question of necessity". Both kept a low profile. The leading role was taken by Romeva, who laid out a proper manifesto with a strong social slant.

Forcadell and Casals also had secondary roles. Casals indicated that "the dream of traditional Catalanism has been shown to be unworkable, and that if we want to live as Catalans we mustn’t seek to transform Spain-- just our relationship with it". Forcadell advocated for a continued emphasis on rallying support, and noted the "propositional" nature of the independence movement.