[pp.int.general] Pirates of Catalonia asking for your support

Antonio Garcia ningunotro at hotmail.com
Sat May 20 18:27:19 CEST 2017

When it is important to you... you use blackmail and break any rule in the book.

You've wasted enough time of too many pirates already since you saw fit to need an existence as a party:


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No answer forthcoming in 20 days… I guess they do not want to bother about the issue before the elections are over and crime has paid. So I have to BLOW THE WHISTLE.


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From: ningunotro at hotmail.com To: birgittajoy at gmail.com Subject: IMPORTANT MATTERS for Pirate Parties and PPI. Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 13:36:44 +0000 Dear Birgitta, This ...

You found the help of some childish and a few crooked Germans, who have paid dearly for your kiddish gaming.

Last weekend, the last of the 4 parliamentary fractions of @PiratenPartei vanished, victim of the incongruences and childishness of the Pirates.

Three of those would probably not have existed if I had reacted as mercylessly as you did at the 2012 PPI General Assembly, turning it into a straight-out battle in the face of the numerous German press that was attending.

I know some have already been foolish/childish enough to subscribe to your plea.

I'll continue to have fun sinking pirate ships ;).

Antonio García

Delegate of the Spanish Pirate Party at the 2012 PPI GA in Prague

Ex Member of the Board of the Spanish Pirate Party.

De: pp.international.general-bounces at lists.pirateweb.net <pp.international.general-bounces at lists.pirateweb.net> en nombre de Muriel Rovira Esteva <muriel at pirata.cat>
Enviado: jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017 20:33:15
Para: Pirate Parties International -- General Talk
Asunto: [pp.int.general] Pirates of Catalonia asking for your support

Dear pirates,

We are the Pirates of Catalonia (PIRATA.CAT<http://PIRATA.CAT>), member of the European Pirate Party and Pirate Parties International.

First of all, we want to thank you for your time. This e-mail is important to us and we would like you to share it with all your colleagues, specially with your elected pirates in city councils and parliaments.

We need your support signing the main manifesto for the self-determination referendum. Please, if any of you do that, mail us to partit at pirata.cat<mailto:partit at pirata.cat> to keep us up to date. You have until May 31st. Although the party does not have a defined position about the Independence of Catalonia, we are a pro-referendum party, as we defend the idea of direct democracy, citizen participation and the right to self-determination.

It is an important topic for Catalan citizens but also for Europe, and some MEPs, such as Ska Keller, Pablo Iglesias and Dimitrios Papadimoulis (also vicepresident of the EU), have already issued statements. Julia Reda, MEP from the German Pirate Party, has already showed her support to the referendum of Catalonia signing the campaing for the "National Pact for the Referendum", which you can find here in its English translation: https://pactepelreferendum.cat/en. We need you to do the same. We want Pirates to be a strong voice among Catalan parties in the biggest political event since the transition from dictatorship to democracy in 1978.

As you may know, nowadays we have a complete lack of democracy in Spain, this is why the 15M movement was so important here. The opposition of the Spanish Government to negotiate or allow a self-determination referendum is just another face of this bad democratic culture. To put you in context about the Catalan referendum topic, for some years, Catalan people have been making huge demonstrations on the streets asking for the right to decide their own future and pressuring the politicians to act and be able to do so.

2016 Demonstration (Go Ahead): 370.000-1.030.000 people
2015 demonstration (Free Way): 550.000-2.000.000 people
2014 Demonstration (Catalan Way): 500.000-1.800.000 people
2013 Demonstration (Catalan Way): 1.600.000 people
2012 Demonstration (Catalonia, new State in Europe): 600.000-1.500.000 people

In 2013, after several attempts to negotiate with the Spanish government a better fit of Catalonia within Spain, who rejected all these attempts, the Parliament of Catalonia voted a proposal called "Declaration on the Sovereignty and right to decide of the people of Catalonia". The declaration asserted that Catalonia is a sovereign entity and agrees "to initiate the process to exercise the right to decide so that the citizens of Catalonia may decide their collective political future in accordance with the following principles: sovereignty, democratic legitimacy, transparency, dialogue, social cohesion, Europeanism, legality, role of the Catalan Parliament and participation". The declaration was passed with 85 votes in favor, 41 against and 2 abstentions in the Parliament of Catalonia.

After that, the Catalan Parliament asked the Catalan Government to boost the process in order to allow people of Catalonia to decide their own future, always with dialogue with the International Communiy, the EU and the Spanish State. Soon the Spanish Constitutional Court suspended this declaration and said that it was not constitutional. Some years later, it even had consequences in the form of a conviction for the former President and PM of Catalonia, among other former government members.

The Government of Spain stated that the referendum would not be carried out and that it was illegal. The Government of Catalonia converted the official referendum in a citizen initiative with logistical support of the government. Hence, people organized a non-binding referendum about self-determination of Catalonia(1). This referendum took place the 9th of November of 2014 with two questions in the ballot: "Do you want Catalonia to become a State?" and "Do you want this State to be independent?". Citizens aged 16 and older were elligible to vote.

The participation was 2,305,290 out of 5.400.000 eligible voters and the results were:

  *   YES-YES -> 80,76%

  *   YES-NO -> 10,07%

  *   NO -> 4,54%

  *   Blank -> 0,75%

  *   Others -> 3,09%

In 2016 we held elections for the Parliament of Catalonia in which independence was the main topic. The results were 47,8% of the votes for independentist parties, 39,11% against and the rest of votes went to other parties with no defined position. 56,3% of the total of votes went to pro-referendum and pro-Catalan republic parties. In number of parlamentary members, the independentist parties have the majority of the parliament and they have started a roadmap to hold a referendum in 2017. This roadmap has suffered a lot of attacks from Spanish institutions but it will end in September 2017, if the referendum is carried out.

At this moment the Spanish State has opened a judicial trial against some members of the current Parliament of Catalonia's Bureau for allowing a debate about the referendum to take place in the Parliament.

In the next months, several Catalan parties, worker unions, and civil associations pro-referendum will be working in a transversal board called "National Pact for the Referendum" in order to facilitate and promote the referendum. Among other things, this board is trying to negotiate the referendum with the Spanish government until the last moment. However, the referendum will take place anyway, even if the Spanish government refuses to negotiate it.

This year (2017) a number of opinion polls have been held, with around 70%-85% of the Catalonian population supporting the referendum (2). Since this is a very urgent matter concerning a region within the core of Europe, and it's a matter related to direct democracy and people's rights, the Pirates of Catalonia officialy support the pro-referendum campaign.

What we ask from you is a public declaration of support to the referendum, as well as your collaboration on passing this message on to all your colleagues, pirate or not, who would be interested in this. We think that every support in favor of direct democracy should be accounted for, and yours would be strongly appreciated.

With our best regards,

Pirates of Catalonia

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