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My Fight for Freedom Against Franco/VIVÈNCIES I TESTIMONIS DE LA CAPUTXINADA

My Fight for Freedom Against Franco

Conference by Josep C. Verges

Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 7.30 p.m.

Centre de Lectura, Carrer Major 15, Reus

Spanish Police Dislodge Students at Monastery.” Front page of The Washington Post, 12 March 1966. Below: The Centre de Lectura in Reus founded in 1859 led to the Glorious Revolution which liberalised Spain under General Prim from Reus. Franco banned the centre until Hitler lost the war.

The fight for freedom Catalonia is going through for independence is similar to the fight for freedom I experienced in the democratic student union against Franco. Those experiences can serve as an example. Only a few dared to stand and be counted in the fight against despotism, but just a few years later, twelve, there was democracy with the Catalan people en masse demanding freedom, amnesty and the Autonomy Statute. The huge demonstration led to the recovery of Catalan autonomy in the only break with the Fascist regime in Spain with the return of President Tarradellas. Other huge demonstrations followed when the Spanish nationalist Constitutional Court run by the PP and PSOE tore apart the Statute voted by the Catalan Parliament, by the Madrid Congress Madrid and by the Catalan people in a referendum. And now the 9/11 demonstration when at least 1.5 million called for independence. The silent majority never was and never will remain silent as ultraconservative Francoists and Jacobins would want. The few of us who spoke up twelve years ago for independence have now become also a majority. The desire for freedom never disappears even though just a few voices first formulate it.

 

Vivències i testimonis de la Caputxinada

Conferència de Josep C. Vergés

Dimarts 30 octubre 2012 a les 19.30

Centre de Lectura, Carrer Major 15, Reus

El Centre de Lectura de Reus fundat el 1859 conduí a la Revolució Gloriosa que liberalitza Espanya sota el General Prim de Reus. Franco el prohibí fins que Hitler perdé la guerra. Primera foto: “La policia espanyola desallotja els estudiants del monestir.” Portada del Washington Post, 12 març 1966.

 

La lluita per la llibertat que avui tenim per la independència recorda la lluita per la llibertat que jo vaig viure al Sindicat Democràtic d’Estudiants contra Franco. L’experiència pot servir de guia. Igual que en la lluita contra el despotisme només uns pocs donaren la cara, i al cap de pocs anys, només dotze, ja teníem democràcia amb tot el poble català exigint llibertat, amnistia i Estatut d’Autonomia. La massiva demostració que va permetre recuperar l’autonomia amb l’únic trencament amb el règim feixista amb el retorn del President Tarradellas ha esta seguida d’altres massives manifestacions quan el Tribunal Constitucional espanyolista del PP i PSOE estripaven l’Estatut votat pel Parlament, el Congrés madrileny i el poble català en referèndum, o l’11-S quan 1,5 milions com a mínim cridaven per la independència. La majoria silenciosa no era, ni és mai, tan silenciosa com creuen els immobilistes franquistes o jacobins. Els pocs que parlavem de la independència fa dotze anys s’han transformat també en una immensa majoria. El desig de llibertat mai desapareix encara que siguin unes poques veus les que primer la formulin.

20 October 2012 - Posted by | Culture/Cultura, Politics/Política | ,

1 Comment »

  1. http://www.catalannewsagency.com – During the main institutional ceremony of Catalonia’s National Day, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, sent a warning message to Spain, only a few hours before the start of the massive demonstration in Barcelona supporting independence. Mas, who is also the leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), addressed international media in English. He stated that “if there is not an agreement on the economic bases”, “Catalonia’s way to freedom is open”.

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