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‘Catalans have the right to self-determination’, says speaker of the Slovenian Parliament

More than 70 American academics also asked Spain to “cease political repression in Catalonia”

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30 September 2017 11:44 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

The speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia, Milan Brglez, stated that Catalans "have the right to self-determination", referring to the October 1 referendum. Brglez highlighted that his country was created on the basis of the right of peoples to self-determination and expressed his concern for Spain’s reactions towards the independence referendum.

Regarding Spain’s actions to stop the referendum, the speaker of the National Assembly of Slovenia called for a democratic solution without using coercion. He added that all countries have the right to territorial integrity, but only if the right to self-determination is respected.  

One day before Brglez’s statements, the former president of Slovenia, Milan Kucan, asked the Spanish government to stop “the use of force” and “the threats of military intervention” against Catalonia.  

  • “The level of political repression in Catalonia at the moment is of a severe and arbitrary character not experienced since the Franco dictatorship” 

    American academics 

More than 70 American academics denounce ‘political repression’

Academics working in the in the fields of political science, law, economics, human rights, sociology and history in the United States, Canada and Mexico wrote a letter to denounce “political repression” in Catalonia. “As the referendum draws closer, the political repression is intensifying”, they said.

They pointed out that “the level of political repression in Catalonia at the moment is of a severe and arbitrary character not experienced since the Franco dictatorship” and asked Spain to put an end to it.

They stressed that the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that Europe would accept an independent Catalonia if it came as a result of a properly conducted referendum, and that Spain’s actions aim to “disrupt the conduct of the referendum”.

The academics support the demands “by constitutional lawyers in Catalonia and Spain to cease all action disrupting the referendum” and stressed that “Section 155 of the Spanish Constitution states that the Spanish government can only compel an Autonomous Community to carry out legal actions with the prior consent of a majority of the Senate”. “No such vote has taken place”, they pointed out. 

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  • Meeting of the leaders from the Slovenian Parliament (by STA)

  • Meeting of the leaders from the Slovenian Parliament (by STA)

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