• The group’s “absolutely peaceful and radically democratic” road map toward independence was approved unanimously
In her closing speech, Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president, Carme Forcadell, recalled that “before we are independentists, we are democrats, and we want to vote. And we will vote!” Forcadell added that “we will not give up on the referendum, because it is our dignity which hangs in the balance”. She remarked that for the ANC, “the ballot boxes are essential.”
The ANC president insisted that “we are not against anyone, we are just exercising our sovereignty as a people” and that independence was the opportunity “to make a better country for everyone, no matter where they come from, what language they speak, or what they think. For everyone.”
Forcadell also asked that ANC members vote in the upcoming European elections for parties that support the November 9th referendum on independence, to which she said “together, we are invincible”. “We have been waiting for this moment for three hundred years and we know we are going to win,” she said to a standing ovation.
• The ANC announced its plans for mobilizations on Catalonia’s National Day 2014: decentralized events in the morning and a huge demonstration in the country’s most important streets: Barcelona’s Diagonal and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, which meet at Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), during its annual General Assembly that took place in Tarragona with more than 7000 people, announced the mobilizations that it has organized for Catalonia’s National Day on September 11, 2014: a panorama of events that culminate with a massive demonstration on Barcelona’s two most important streets: Avinguda Diagonal and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, which meets at Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes. This street configuration means that the demonstrators will form a huge “V for Via (Way), for Voluntat (Will), for Votar (Vote), and for Victòria (Victory)”. The demonstration will help the world “instantly grasp the massive expression of the will of the Catalan people,” explained Ferran Civit, who is a member of the ANC’s Governing Board.
The demonstration will be accompanied by mosaics, in order to send a clear message to the world. During the summer, mosaics will be created in each of the regions in which the ANC is organized to call the attention of world leaders who hold the key to Catalonia’s recognition as a new State. The objective of this kind of event is that each week “an international power—both its diplomatic corps as well as its communication media—will feel that it is being called upon” as Governing Board member Noemí Morral explained.
During the morning of the National Day (Diada) itself, there will also be demonstrations in front of town and city halls in which a majority of the groups support the political process that the country is going through. These declarations will then be brought to the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona in the afternoon.
The demonstrations, however, will not conclude on September 11th, because we “must keep the demonstration going until November 9th” so that we win a “resounding Yes-Yes vote”, said Governing Board member Montserrat Rossell. From September 12th until November 7th, the ANC will hold events every day from 17:14 (5:14pm) until 20:14h (8:14pm) in order to design “the country that we want” that is “everyone’s country” at the same time. (The time is symbolic: Catalonia lost its self-government to the Bourbons on September 11, 1714.) One of these events will be the closing ceremony of the Sign up to Vote for Independence campaign, in which the collected signatures will be officially presented to the Catalan Parliament.
The General Assembly also included a vote on the unanimously approved road map. A road map that, as ANC Vice President, Jaume Marfany, explained is “absolutely peaceful and radically democratic” and contemplates the various scenarios that may develop over the coming months. The Management Report of the Governing Board was approved by a vote of 3,253 in favor, 14 against, and 32 blank. The Financial Report was approved by a vote of 3,134 votes in favor, 105 against, and 92 blank. The Budget was approved with 3,103 votes in favor, 52 against, and 98 blank, and the convocation of elections for next May 10 with 3,198 votes in favor, 24 against, and 54 blank.
Collaboration with Òmnium Cultural and the Association of Municipalities for Independence
The General Meeting also featured the Vice President of the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) and of Òmnium Cultural. The president of Òmnium, Muriel Casals, announced that “this September 11th, we will put on a big, special, free, innovative musical concert in an open space that will project the best of our culture to the world and that will serve to put the finishing touches on a festive and activist day which will culminate in the definitive launch toward the referendum on November 9th”.