Sunday, 28 November 2010

Independence 2014

Late in 2005, Catalunya Acció was born, and proposed the date of 2014 as the date to achieve the Independence of our country. Then, almost everybody defined us as fools. Those were the days when ERC -Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya-, captained by Carod-Rovira, changed their wish for independence for the Spanish federalism of Maragall and Zapatero. Times of "misty rain". But dating the creation of a Catalan State was not a witticism but a reflection and analysis process and a compromise. A decade, doing things properly, was, and still is, enough to place a winning strategy.

Later, disappointment came with ERC, after their euphemistic and absurd "right to decide", the courage of the people from Arenys de Munt and the slap from the Constitutional Court. All, necessary tolls in a process to independence. While this all was happening, it was needed, we said, to canalize this growing secessionist feeling in its electoral form. Catalunya Acció never wanted to do it alone, because we knew that a minimal unity, wisely made, was necessary. Our history shows that to succeed, we need teamwork. Undoubtedly, we are the people of the human towers and sardana. But nobody believed us because they said "it was not the right time". But because we are not the ones who wait for the moment but creates it, decided to publicize the party "Força Catalunya".

It seems that since then, everybody saw it all and they run to "reagroup", and not long afterwards, some others not quite satisfied with this, "solidarized"... but only among themselves. Then, "solidaries" and "reagroupped" recuperate the best tradition of our fraternal fights, such as "nyerros and cadells" or the "Biga and Busca". With such a view, and because the people of Catalunya Acció have overcome the time of swords and blunderbusses, the wisest is not to take part for any of the sides and we have voluntarily withdrawn from these elections.

Taking into consideration the expectations of vote for ones and the others, most surely the battle for an independent Catalan State will not be fought on November 28th, despite that if a big coalition for independence had existed, probably we could have had the opportunity to convert this Sunday into the first real plebiscite to break with Spain. Notwithstanding that what we have achieved -and this is the great victory- that in this dull electoral campaign "independence" has been the most pronounced word. Now, we are in front of four years in which we may transform the collective state of mind into a reality, provided that frivolity does not bar neither common sense nor vision of future. The elections in 2014 must be the real ones for freedom.

Santiago Espot
CEO Catalunya Acció

Article published on November 27 2010 on Opinió Digital.

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