Catalonia: self-determination or status quo? Edificio José Artigas (Palacio Legislativo) // Montevideo, Uruguay
DIPLOCAT informs the public in Montevideo about the current situation in Catalonia
The Parliament of Uruguay hosted the conference “Catalonia: self-determination or status quo?”, organised by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) in cooperation with the Catalan community abroad (Casal Català) of Montevideo.
The President of the Casal Català, Núria Amorós, opened the debate by presenting the speakers, who explained the evolution experienced in the last years by the Catalan Communities abroad, focused in promoting cultural activities and explaining the political situation in Catalonia.
The roots of the conflict
Hereafter, Albert Royo, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT, underlined the importance of this debate taking place outside Europe. “We are here in Uruguay to strengthen our links with Latin America, and to explain the aspirations of Catalonia”, he said. “We also want to show that giving a vote to the people is democratic practice to solve territorial conflict, as happened in Scotland, Quebec, Island, Norway or Schleswig Holstein.”
Future scenarios for Catalonia
Josep M. Reniu, Professor of Political Science and Administration of the University of Barcelona and member of the Advisory Council for National Transition (CATN), elaborated in more detail on future scenarios in Catalonia. Reniu explained that if the regional elections of 27 September result in a democratic mandate for independence, negotiations with the Spanish government and the establishing of state structures will start, consolidated by a referendum on the Constitution and proclamation of independence – a process, which the Spanish government should support in accordance with the principles of democracy.
The Catalan qüestion from the point of view of Uruguay
Finally, the Uruguayan journalist Waldemar García, who had previously lived in Catalonia, gave his personal vision of the two countries, before opening the general debate with the other speakers and the public. García underlined that the participatory process of 9 November 2014 was a significant recognition of the right of immigrants, who were invited to vote. “The independence movement is inclusive, tolerant and pluralist, including as Catalan everybody who lives and works in Catalonia.” He also stated that “from Uruguay, you often don’t appreciate the cultural and linguistic diversity of Spain.”
Questions and answers
The conference ended with some questions and reflections made by the public and the final speech of all the speakers.
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Casal Català (Catalan House) of Montevideo, founded on January 29th 1926, has become a meeting point for Catalans and friends of Catalonia. In the beginning, it was an institution that welcomed immigrants to maintain its roots and Catalan traditions. On 1970, the Catalan House established in its current location, at Francisco Araucho’s street, a residential area of Montevideo.
Last updated: 28 May 2015