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Returning to Catalonia

I know I have not written here for a while, but circumstances and the amazing amount of visitors we have received in the past years into this blog, even though I have not published anything for 2 years, have force me into writing here again. First of all I would like to thank everybody who has visited my blog ever. I am astonished of the amount of different countries from my audience despite not being active for such long period.

On the other hand, after more than 5 years of living in the Netherlands, I finally decided last winter to move back to Barcelona. Now I can speak to you from a totally different perspective, from the inside. I must admit at the beginning I was a bit disappointed to see that most people are doubting so much it is possible that Catalonia becomes an independent country. I found myself in front of fearful people easily manipulated by politicized media. People who cannot distinguish what is true, because they are ignorant, who don’t accept evidence because they have been brainwashed.

Furthermore, I find that I cannot speak openly about anything related to independence with anybody I don’t know shares the same opinion. So nobody speaks about it openly and when you do, if you do not share their opinion, they tell you they do not want to talk about it with you. There is no “we agree to disagree”. Just one “let’s not talk about politics if we want to be friends”.

Upon arrival, I was desolated with this landscape. So I did my best to fight negativity and joined a meeting from ANC (Associació Nacional Catalana per la independència), in Vilassar de Mar last March. The purpose of the meeting is that each participant would bring in a person doubting about if Catalonia should be independent from Spain. So altogether with the help of Carme Forcadell, president until then of ANC, could expose them the benefits of voting for YES, independence. However, when I turned around and I heard people talking just before the conference started, I realized everybody was a true supporter of our independence. Despite most of us tried to convince others to join us in that event to learn the benefits about separating from Spain, they all avoided to come or even to talk about it. Especially those who were more doubtful about it, they did not want such a headache… Yes, they realize things need to change but….they will not do anything about it.

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“If only the 2 million independents believers could convince 1 Catalan person that is doubtful into voting yes for independence on the plebiscite elections coming up the 27th September, we would have enough voters to support it.” That is what Carme Forcadell told us was our homework, to convince one other person, only 1, everyone of us and duplicate the numbers.

I myself have been trying desperately to convince, but I get the usual reaction of avoiding the topic and never get a real chance for a serious conversation about Catalonia’s independence except for the people who believe in it already.

Anyway, I do not give up,  I have supporting evidences which I refer to again and again. I am determined to open the eyes of anybody who is blinded by demagogy.

Because on the night of September 27th I want to see a 62% of Yes from Catalan voters. Because I want the Catalan parliament to declare independence with those figures the following day after elections. This is our moment. Our process has already started and we must be brave, we are prepared, we can do this together. We can be free and break the chains from the Spanish government once and for all, chains that slave Catalan people for over 300 years. Freedom for Catalonia!

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The law of independence:

Organization/Publication:    Solidaritat Catalana per la Independència (Catalan Solidarity for Independence)

Author: Press department

Date:   6th April 2011

Re:      Demonstration in Barcelona 2nd April to support independence declaration.

This week a friend from Linkedin at the group Friends of Catalunya posted a press notice about the demonstration taken place 2nd April at Plaça Sant Jaume just in front of Barcelona town hall and Palau de la Generalitat. The reason of the demonstration was to support the law of independence and it was promoted by Solidaritat Catalana (Catalan Solidarity): the organization proposed that the national parties ERC, CIU and ICV diputees vote to declare the independence of our nation in the Catalan Parliament. Various members of the Catalan independence coalition were present in the event, among them the major from Barcelona, Santiago Espot.

According to the media, only 800 persons attended the demonstration,since the town police department provided these figures. The main Catalan channel, TV3, did not even comment on the new, and the newspapers and news agencies like Diari Avui or the Catalan News Agency, only dared to publish short press about the demonstration. However, according to Solidaritat Catalana, there were around 3000 attendees. The press notice from the organization (please click this link to read original press notice in Catalan http://em.drauta.com/admin/temp/newsletters/349/Estudi%20Assist%C3%A8ncia%20Concentraci%C3%B3%20dia%202%20abril.pdf) contains a study of attendance of the demonstration last Saturday: based on the surface of Plaça Sant Jaume (2992m2) and real photographs of the demonstration, the organization provides mathematic arguments and formulas that proof a minimum of 2794 and a maximum of 3206 supporters attended the event. It is obvious then the town police of Barcelona is truly underestimating the Catalan independence movement, and of course, they do not seem to be supportive.

SURFACE

Empty A1: 864 m 2

18 m. X 48 m. = 864 m2

Highly Occupied A2: 1200 m 2

40 m. X 30 m. = 1200 m2

Occupied A3: 1200 m 2

50 m. X 10 m. = 500 m2

50 m. X 8 m. = 400 m2

10 m. X 30 m. = 300 m 2

500 m2 + 400 m2 + 3002 m = 1200 m2

DENSITY (B)

(B1) Empty: 864 m 2

0 pax/m2 = 0 pax

(B2) Highly Occupied: 1200 m 2

1’5 pax/m2 X 1200 m2 = 1800 pax

(B3) Occupied: 1200 m 2

1 pax/m2 X 1200 m2 = 1200 pax

CORRECTION FACTOR (C)

0,102

0 pax + 1800 pax + 1200 pax = 3000 pax

3000 X 0,102 = 206

Minimum value = 2794 pax

Maximum value = 3206 pax

We all wonder what is the real motivation of an official institution like Barcelona town police for manipulating this data? Why this demonstration has not been further promoted? Why are Catalan politicians so fearful of grabbing the bull by its horns and declare a state of independence? At least we know the political parties will debate for sure about the Law of Independence next week in the parliament, and we are all hoping the national parties will join forces and democratically defeat the Spanish parties.

9 Catalan companies will be in Silicon Valley on 2011!

The Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona , together with Barcelona Activa and other institutions, has initiated a program to help Catalan ICT companies to increase their abroad presence, and become more competitive internationally.
Starting this January, 9 Catalan ICT companies –among which we find Spenta, Nice People at Work, Linqia, Fluendo, Apesoft, Urbiotica, Justinmind, Inbenta and Mubiquo– will settle down in the prestigious center for at least six months with no cost. They have all been chosen, among 30 selected companies, by Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce, Barcelona Activa and a network of experts in Plug&Play. “From 2008, several experts in Plug&Play, together with Venture Capital Enterprises visit Barcelona twice a year to look for technological companies that could be interesting for Plug&Play Techcenter. This year, 30 ICT companies were detected. After analyzing their business model, the markets they operate in and, above all, the type of technology they develop, we chose nine”, declared Mr.Lluch, responsible for this program at the Chamber of Commerce of Bacelona.
The Catalan capital must be proud of having achieved such an important milestone in the ICT business, by having the first institution present at Plug & Play Techcenter. As a result of this experience, other countries like Austria, Canada, Singapore, Egypt or Finland have followed this model that pursuits that all chosen companies have the best conditions to expand their businesses in the United States.

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