When asked if the resolution could lead the way towards Catalonia’s independence from Spain, Anna Arque said that the Catalans had always favored independence by the means of a referendum.
“We have always defended self-determination as a fundamental universal right of a people, which is a normal procedure in Scotland and other European countries, which have exercised this right, and we want to do the same. But the Spanish state does not want to talk about ballot boxes or people deciding in a democratic way,” she added.
When asked about how the authorities in Europe have reacted to this, Anna Arque said that they were reacting as always, denying the reality and ignoring the fact that in Catalonia this is actually a grass-root movement, starting “from the bottom to up.”
“The Spanish authorities will say it’s illegal, but what are they going to do? Are they going to put us again in prison boats, just like they did before? How are they going to stop the democratic will of the people of Catalonia?”
“It’s a good moment to actually ask the international community about who is going to step forward and say that these people are doing it all in a democratic way and that democracy is all about a government for the people, by the people and for the people, and we’ll see what Europe, the United States, Russia and other countries are going to say about it,” Anna Roque said in conclusion.
Earlier Spanish authorities warned that if the vote in Catalonia’s parliament succeeds, Madrid will turn to the Constitutional Court.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly said that independence referendums as well as other secessionist steps are unconstitutional and therefore are illegal.
Catalonia is Spain’s wealthiest region, which produces 20 percent of national GDP.
Many Catalans consider the rest of Spain as an economic burden on them. The confrontation between Barcelona and Madrid has intensified in recent years due to the economic crisis.