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Catalan independence referendum a ‘democratic imperative’ – Adams

12 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Describing an independence referendum as a “democratic imperative”, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today said that the people of Catalonia must be allowed to decide their own future.

Teachta Adams said:

“The future of Catalonia should be decided by the Catalan people.

“Those who truly cherish the principles of democracy, have nothing to fear from Catalonia having an independence referendum. In fact, given that significant numbers of Catalans have repeatedly expressed their desire to vote on their political future, the referendum should be embraced as a democratic imperative.

“The Spanish Government has a moral responsibility to respect the legislation passed by the Government of Catalonia. Mariano Rajoy’s administration should engage in meaningful discussions with Catalan representatives to ensure that the vote goes ahead, and without coercion.

“To prevent the referendum from taking place would be an affront to democratic ideals.

“Let the people of Catalonia have their say.” 

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