Dear Primer Minister,
the 11th September is the National Day of Catalonia. It is a day of celebration of our common culture and history. It is also the day we commemorate the end in 1714 of the 14-month siege of Barcelona by Spanish and French troops supporting Philip V’s claim to the Spanish throne. This defeat led to the abolition of Catalonia’s constitution and government institutions. Three hundred years ago, the French and Spanish troops were at the doors of our capital. Today, we, the Catalans, want to decide our future in peace.
One year ago, in this same day, 1.5 million people demonstrated in the streets of Barcelona under the slogan “Catalonia, a New State in Europe”. That day, the Catalan people showed unmistakably their wish to walk together the path towards independence from the Spanish state. This same wish was expressed again in the November 2012 elections, in which the parties in favour of independence won a sizable majority in the Catalan Parliament. One of the first decisions of the new session of this Parliament was to pass a Declaration of Sovereignty and of the right to decide of the Catalan nation (attached), to promote the right of the citizens of Catalonia to collectively decide their political future. Yet, since then the Spanish government has repeatedly and patently shown its opposition to allow the Catalan people to express democratically their will.
Today, in this Catalan National Day, more than 500,000 Catalans and friends of Catalonia have joined hands forming a 250-mile human chain, all along, from north to south, our country. This is the Catalan Way towards independence, and its message is clear and simple: we want to be an independent state. We hope the Spanish government will listen and, following the example you set with next year’s referendum in Scotland, let the Catalan people decide democratically their future.
We, the undersigned, Catalans and friends of Catalonia, call you, as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to support the right of self-determination of the Catalan people and to call the Spanish government, within the European institutions, to let Catalonia decide its own future in a democratic vote.