Carles Puigdemont has defended in an opinion article in the newspaper The New York Times the viability of a Independent Catalonia under the umbrella of the European Union. The column is titled "Outdated borders are strangling liberal democracy”And relies on other historical cases to serve as an example in the break with Spain.
The former president of the Generalitat also takes the opportunity to say that the 2017 referendum is a “critical” reminder of the importance of sovereignty for small states and autonomous regions of the world.
Call on marginalized peoples to break the “imposed by history” borders
He emphasizes that "instead of establishing a desire for control," maintaining or updating the borders "should be an exercise in democracy and decentralization" that would allow "marginalized" peoples to break the "imposed by history" borders. .
He recalls the attitude of the central government towards the Catalan crisis and regrets that it has been an example for other countries. For Puigdemont the “authoritarian” line of Spain is being followed by states as Turkey, where the government has "justified" the cessation of elected Kurdish charges saying that "they followed the Spanish example." Add that in China It has been argued that police violence in Catalonia "legitimizes its repression" against protesters in Hong Kong.
He argues that this "undemocratic" model of dealing with border disputes or independence movements sets a precedent that "will cause territorial problems" throughout the world, relying on "validating institutional violence against minorities."
In contrast, Puigdemont remembers the ways of Canada and Scotland. "Allow" two referendums in Quebec (1980 and 1995) and organize a vote like the one agreed in Britain "are not only examples of democracy", but also "a guide" on how to resolve territorial disputes.
Finally, the expresident has defended in his article that citizens should be at the forefront of the redefinition of the world's borders. "If they can choose their own future, states that obtain independence through non-violent and democratic means will open the way for liberal democracy to flourish throughout the world," he said.