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The Espai Democràcia i Convivència (Democracy and Coexistence Space) will host a major demonstration in Barcelona next Sunday 15 April 2018, to mark six months of imprisonment for the President of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, and until recently President of the Catalan National Assembly, Jordi Sànchez. Under the slogan
For rights and freedoms, for democracy and cohesion, we want you home!
the march will start at 12.30pm in the Plaça d’Espanya finishing up with a rally in the Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies. 100s of coaches are already confirmed to arrive from all over the country.
The motto refers to the rejection of the imprisonment of politicians, forced exile and repression. The organisers are seeking a much broader manifestation than those that have been done so far, harking back to the spirit of the 2010 manifestation (10-J) in defense of the Statute of Autonomy.
The many entities making up the Espai Democràcia i Convivència, worried about the violation of fundamental rights and democratic freedoms, call on citizens to participate in the demonstration to provide a unitary response in defense of Catalan institutions, fundamental rights, social cohesion, the right of the Catalan people to decide their political future and democracy.
Initially organised by a dozen associations, the Espai Democràcia i Convivència has already attracted up to one hundred more. These, which reject the imprisonment of Catalan politicians and the violation of human rights, have joined forces to defend democracy and coexistence in “worrying” and “exceptional” moments. That is why they have decided to join and promote actions to reverse the situation, as a continuation of the “Board for Democracy“.
Organisations behind the Espai Democràcia i Convivència include:
- Association of Actors and Professional Directors of Catalonia (AADPC)
- Catalan National Assembly (ANC)
- National Council of Youth of Catalonia (CNJC)
- CCOO of Catalonia
- Confederation of Neighborhood Associations of Catalonia (CONFAVC)
- Federation of Associations of Parents and Mothers of Catalonia (FAPAC)
- Lafede.cat-Organizations for global justice
- Òmnium Cultural
- Unió de Federacions Esportives de Catalunya (UFEC)
- Unió de Pagesos
- and UGT de Catalunya
Sunday 15 April is also the Day of Can Jorba, traditionally celebrated at noon in Barcelona with the performance of Castell groups. To accommodate the demonstration and to facilitate the attendance of the castellers, this year the Can Jorba celebration will start at 4.30 pm . The Castellers of Barcelona will perform at the Portal de l’Àngel accompanied by the invited groups: the Minyons of Terrassa, the Xicots de Vilafranca and the Castellers de Sant Cugat.