Catalonia will held a referendum for independence on Sunday 1st of October as Catalan President Carles Puigdemont just announced this morning. Catalan people are called to the polling stations to answer to the question: “Would you like Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a Republic?”
Catalan President announced the date and question of the referendum in front of all the membres of Catalan government and the 72 members of Parliament in favour of independence that represent an overal majority of the Parliament.
Catalonia will be helding this referendum even it has not been possible to reach an agreement with the Spanish government. Puigdemont said that it has been impossible to reach this agreement even they have tried several times but the answer was “always no”.
Catalan President considered his government has the mandate to call for this referendum because that is what people voted for in the last Catalan elections celebrated the 27th of September of 2015. Puigdemont assured that Catalonia has the right of self-determination and they are going to exercise it with this referendum.
This is going to be the first independence referendum ever held in Catalonia. Since 2010 millions of Catalan people have been campaigning to ask for a referendum to decide if Catalonia should or should not be an independent country.
Several polls have shown that Independence referendum has the support of 80% of population and it has received also the support of the majority of Catalan Parliament, Catalan Government and several organisations like Catalan National Assembly, Ommium Cultural and Associació de Municipis per la Independència.
Precisely this three organisations have prepared an act on defence of the referendum and democracy in Barcelona. During this act, Manchester’s City manager Pep Guardiola will read a manifest in support of the right to vote of Catalan people.