World Bulletin/News Desk
Catalans will form a human chain along the 400 km seashore of Spain's Catalonia region under the leadership of non governmental organization the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) with the theme "Catalan way to independence" on September 11, the Catalonian national day. The event aims to both menace Madrid and make Catalan's voice heard in the world.
ANC officials told reporters that they were working to construct the Catalonian government and stressed that as Catalans they had reached their redline on the issue.
"We can bear no more. Catalans want a referendum as soon as possible for the foundation of their own state," the officials said.
Vice President of the ANC Jaume Marfany stated that the event on September 11 will be a "peaceful rally" where they will demand their independence to show their democratic and pluralist demands and to announce that they want to become a new, independent European country.
ANC officials also reminded that the head of the Catalonia autonomous government, Arthur Mas, had sent a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in July to which there had been no reponse. The letter offered 5 separate models were offered to hold a legal referendum in 2014. He noted that if the 2014 referendum were blocked, they would try for new solutions.
86 Catalan municipalities and 30,000 volunteers will participate in the human chain. The biggest one will be organized in the city of Barcelona. 1.5 million participants, 20% of Catalan population, are expected to join the movement. The catenation activity will also take place in world famous touristic cites such as the Sacred Family Church and Nou Camp Stadium.
Similar human chains will organized in 55 cities around the world between September 1-11 to support an independent Catalonia.
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