On Thursday, Jordi Cuixart, the President of Omnium Cultural, wrote a letter to all members of the Catalan association which was published on their website under the headline “Carta des de la presó: ‘Que la impotència de la sentència es converteixi en esperança’“. This is a translation of the full letter into English.
Once again I am writing to you from Catalonia. Just a few hours have been enough to feel the solidarity of all of you. Infinite thanks.
The movement of the political prisoners closer to home is nothing more than a reflex of the democratic regression of the state. They want us to be discouraged and surrendered, and so the sentences will be hard and will hurt us. But believe me, there is only one way and it is to do it together.
Remember that no social conquest has ever been gifted. If we do not punish ourselves, if we do not give up sharing everything, if we know how to be united and act in a generous and empathetic manner, we will leave. But we must do it with coherence and determination, with culture as the principle element of social cohesion and limitless democracy.
Those of you who read my St George’s Day message of solidarity will have seen my shameless plug for the Catalan Weekend.
Organisers Òmnium Cultural have announced that the event will not now take place in June, but instead will be held between 10 and 12 September.
Although this may seem, on the face of it, to be a disappointing setback, it is actually very exciting for supporters of Catalan independence and for those who wish to experience the strong sense of Catalan nationalism.
Catalan Weekend has been rescheduled to coincide with the Diada Nacional de Catalunya (the National Day of Catalunya) on 11 September, when catalans commemorate the end of the Siege of Barcelona during the War of Spanish Succession in 1714, when Barcelona fell to the Bourbons and Catalunya lost its independence.
For catalans, not only is 11 September an important day historically, it is also an opportune time to reaffirm their desire for independence, as this video from 2014 (where supporters of independence formed a giant human V in Barcelona – signifying “votar”, their call for a referendum) demonstrates:
Once again, I would strongly urge each and every single one of you consider attending the Catalan Weekend and seeing first-hand the case – and support – for independence.
Catalunya vol viure en llibertat!