2/9/13

The Catalan community in Ireland organised today a successful Human Chain in support of Independence of Catalonia

On Sunday 01st of September 2013 the Catalan community living in Ireland (ANC Ireland and the Catalan Council of Ireland) organised a successful Human Chain in support of independence of Catalonia. The Dublin human chain coincided with more than 100  similar  other events taking place world wide and a massive one that will take place in Catalonia next September 11th.

It has been a very successful event with more than 300 attendees, exceeding by far the organisers expectations with people from all nationalities and ages gathered in front of the Dublin’s General Post Office (GPO), O’Connell Street. As an act of friendliness and gratitude towards their adopted country, Catalans  welcomed other Irish who wished to join in and be a part of the “human chain” today.  Among them many of themthe member of Dáil Éireann, Seán Crowe, TD for the constituency of Dublin South West.


 The organisers have chosen the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin to hold the event as the building is a symbol of Irish independence and freedom, for its historic relevance. The people who gathered together, sang several songs of freedom together with the Catalan national anthem and chanting independence songs. The event was conducted in a festive yet civilised atmosphere and passers by showed great interest and congratulated the organisers. This event has been video recorded and subsequently will be shown throughout most of the national media in Catalonia.
The Catalan community in Ireland gives its full support to independence for Catalonia and today united its hands peacefully showing support to Catalonia and its desire for independence. Today’s event was also useful to explain to Irish citizens and tourists why the people of Catalonia want their independence from Spain as soon as possible.
Currently, the Catalan government is not allowed to hold a referendum of independence or decide any relevant issues as it is subordinated to the Spanish government and does not have full power of decision. Catalans want to participate democratically in a referendum for independence. This referendum could show then, that Catalonia is mature enough to govern itself with its own voice in the European Union and the United Nations.
However, as a referendum is not allowed by the Spanish government, the social movement “Catalan National Assembly”   http://catalanassembly.org/     who last 11th   September  mobilised around one and a half million people during a peaceful rally in Barcelona as a show of solidarity with the Catalan Government and in support of the proposed Referendum, are organizing a “human chain” of over 400,000 persons holding hands that will peacefully stretch along the entire country from north to south (about 400 Km) on 11 September 2013, Catalonia’s national day. More than 200 foreign journalists have requested to be able to cover the Catalan Way, creating a much higher international interest than for last year’s huge rally.
Like the Catalan Community in Ireland completed today, many Catalan communities abroad are also participating in this serene symbolic gesture creating their own “human chains” in more than 100 cities around the globe. New York, Paris, London, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Boston, Rome, Miami, Frankfurt, Vancouver … and many more !!! Such as a similar event that will also be held here in Cork next week:

·          Cork   Saturday, 7th  of September at 17h pm Grand Parade, in front of Cork City Library


The ANC Ireland wants to say  to all those who attended the event and the ones who have shown interest in this rather unusual representation of good  will where many people peacefully holded hands for a minute or two to symbolise their support of a nation’s democratic right to decide its future by means of a Referendum.” 


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