dijous, 4 de març de 2010

Western Catalonia indepententism take roots too

The rupturist separatism, that it does not recognize any legitimacy in Spain, has always been difficult to be strong in regions of the West of the Catalonia’s Principality. If we except some local villages and a continued presence in the city of Lleida its continuity has been fragile. In the past there were, especially in the capital, interesting experiences as Ateneu Independentista de Ponent or the local section of Free Catalonia but both ended dissolved.

For nearly a decade, however, several initiatives have emerged that have continuity. Again Lleida has been leading the Ocell Negre (Black Bird), some taverns, the assembly of young independentists member of the national coordination CAJEI or the Candidature of Popular Unity. This new generation, however, is a novelty in slow but very strong, regional presence outside of Segrià (the Lleida’s county).
We have several examples like the appearance of Students Union of the Catalan Countries in in Balaguer but also in Lleida, and local movements in Balaguer (Peter III), Mollerussa (L’Arreu), Tàrrega (Perquè Vull). We have too young people assemblies in Bellmunt of Urgell, Alt Urgell, as well as the national movement Maulets also consolidated in locations as Balaguer, Cervera or Lleida. Just a few months Mollerussa housed one of the most crowded of independence demonstrations with over 300 people breaking the low mobilization of these regions.
Most of these groups found themselves in 2008 in Balaguer and now it has driven the First “Western Catalonia” separatist meeting. It will be held in Bellpuig at the 6th March. Includes an extensive program with discussions on the peasantry, the Franja (Catalan speaking region in Aragon), independence consultation or a sample queries of popular culture. This new test network demonstrates the growing consolidation of the organizational separatism even where it was traditionally weaker.

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