Newsletter N.0 25/10/2010 National Convention of the SI (Catalan solidarity for the Independence)More than 1.500 supporters of the SI in the 1st ConventionIn the first National Convention of the Catalan Solidarity for Independence, held todayin the Congress Palace of Catalonia, The Election Manifesto of the coalition was passedwith 894 votes in favor, 2 blank and none against it. Out of the passed amendments oneis referred to the replacement of the word espoli for espoliació ( both mean plunderingwith a shade of meaning). In this case the amendment was passed with 436 votes infavor, 238 against and 204 blank ballot papers.
At the time of the election for the Manifesto there were 896 joint members in theauditoruim but throughout the morning the number of joint members and supporters hasincreased until it exceeded 1500 people.After passing the Manifesto, some of the party representatives that are part of thecoalition (Els Verds-Alternativa Verda, Catalunya Nació Independència, PartitRepublicà Català, PSAN, Democràcia Catalana i Solidaritat per laIndependència) gave a brief speech. For instance, Santi Vilanova, representing theparty Verda-ALternativa Verda, has highlighted that "the nation that we aspire to has tobe ruch in life quality" and, for that reason, they are committed to ecological policies topreserve the environment. The leader of the Partit Socialista d’Alliberament Nacional(PSAN), Josep Guia, has admitted the following:"Now not only the Valencians musttalk about the SI, all of you must talk about it as if you were Valencians", highlightingthis way the importance of acheiving the unity of all the Catalan regions. Agustí Soler,representative of the Partit Republicà Català, has assured that "the greatness of thenations is measured by their people, lets promote then the values of peace, human rightsand the rights of the people".After that, Anna Arqué, the number five of the SI in Barcelona, announced the socialentities that were present in the First Nacional Convention of the SI and gave her wordto the members of international parties like the IN-VA in Flanders, represented by JanJambon, who emphasized that his presence in the National Convention of the SI is,above all, due to his affinity with Catalonia:"Im not here just as a member of the partybut also as a Flemish nationalist because there are a lot of similarities between bothterritories". In fact Jambon has given support to the political project led by JoanLaporta. He manifested "Im here for the peaceful fight and for freedom". Anyway,Brice La Fontaine, secretary general of Unitat Catalana, party that has singed acollaboration contract with the SI, he brought up the marginalization of the catalanismin the North of Catalonia, but he also stated that thanks to his partys work Catalan hasgained visibility in the public sphere.
In her turn, the writer Isael-Clara SImó, number four of the SI in Barcelona, said that"this is boiling of independence, so its ready", however, she admitted that "maybe wellget some scratches but the path has begun and those who dont want to see it should getused to it" and she remembered in front of the more than 1500 members and supportersof the SI that "the enemies of an Independent Catalonia would be the Spanish, theCatalan Spanish nationalists and the puritan independentists that always findreservations in joining the path to freedom"Afterwards it was time to introduce the candidates of the four constituencies, whichheads of the list praised their lists. The candidate of the SI in Girona, Toni Strubell,announced that he ignores "the century the other organizations represent, but the SI isthe independentist option of the 21st century". Strubell explained that the list for Gironais transverse and admitted that what "makes me happier is that there are such importantpeople in it from the beginning to the end" he also added that Núria Cadenes closed thelist he headed. On the other hand, the head for Tarragona, Hèctor López Bofill, hasassured that "we will get the 68 deputies we need for the Independence" because "weare the hope, the excitement and the truth" and he highlighted his list was diverse "withcompetent people that loves the nation". And Francesc Xavier Segura, who heads thelist for Lleida, has insisted that "the people of the SI is brave because has hold onto theopportunity of attracting people like me to Independence and we have passes theelection manifesto that tell us how to go where we want to go".The last candidates to take part ere the promoters of the SI project. The number three ofBarcelona, Uriel Bertran, explained that "the 26th of November we will have existed forthree months, and if in this time we have been able to achieve everything we have now,in four months we should obtain the absolut majority" Bertran has warned that theylltry to take us apart, but it will be too late because this movement is not us but theCatalan nation" and precisely because of that, "from this movement will rise the peoplethat will rule the country". The candidate of the SI, referring to the anthem of Catalonia,
remembered that "the 28th of November will be the fight of our ancestors and be willaim for the 68 deputies".Alfons Lóper Tena, number two in Barcelona, has emphasized that "here we are theones that must hold the beating heart that is the hope of Catalonia". López Tena alsoassured that "now is the moment to work for Catalonias freedom" because "weshouldnt leave another generation under Spain".And finally, the candidate of the SI to the presidency of the Generalitat, Joan Laporta,defended the independence as a solution for the global crisis and explained how wascreated the coalition that he heads: " I put my fame to the service of this countrybecause as a Cataln I had the obligation to do so but what actually triggered the creationof the SI was the visit of Uriel Bertran and Alfons López Tena who sacrificed a lot" andalso "the protest on the 10th of July which wasnt against the Constitutional Court butcalled for independence". Furthermore, Laporta thanked the Constitutional Courtbecause "its taught us the path we should take", actually with a free state "Cataloniawouldnt lose 22.000 million euros every year "sum that represents 10% of the CatalanGDP. Laporta insisted that independence will be achieved through peaceful anddemocratic means" and asked all the members and sympathizers to have "courage andaudacity" to achieve freedom. "The day after the independence Catalans will go to workas always with the only difference that they will be ruled by someone that cares abouttheir interests", stated the candidate to the SI to the presidency of the Generalitat.
Joan Laporta added that the politics "have done nothing but crying and that should bepunished in the elections, democratically" since "after the shame weve got to gothrough with the Statute now they say they will develop it in secret, which we dontaccept because we hold our head high". The head of the list of the SI has highlightedthat "we will be independent when women want us to be so because all great countriesare matriarchies and they will be the ones who will bring independence tolife".Nevertheless, Laporta has declared "I dont want my children to be independentist,we all have the right to the pursuit of hapiness".L’acte ha acabat amb tots els candidats de SI sobre l’escenari cantant els Segadors.To end the ceremony all the candidates of the SI went on stage to sing "Els Segadors".Comissió Internacional de Solidaritat Catalana per la Independènciahttp://www.solidaritatcatalana.cat/