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Llibertat! – Saoirse! No.6
30 gen 2007
E-news service of the Catalan Solidarity: Ireland Committee
January/February 2007 E-news service No.6
1.     Introduction
2.     Solidarity at Annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration
3.     Arrest of two members of the Assembly of Independentist Youth of Badalona
4.     Unity Gathering in Solidarity with the Basque Country
5.     Solidarity Action with Catalan Political Prisoners
6.     Who We Are!
7.     Subscription Details
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1.     INTRODUCTION
This is the first e-news service of the year of Catalan Solidarity: Ireland Committee titled Llibertat! â Saoirse!
This e-news service is distributed throughout Ireland to both political and community activists and others interested parties such as prisoner and anti-repressive organisations across Scotland, England and Wales who have subscribed as a gesture of solidarity with issues surrounding Catalonia and its struggle for self-determination.
As a contact or subscriber, you can assist the Catalan Solidarity: Ireland Committee by distributing the news and information published within Llibertat! â Saoirse! Inform friends/supporters of our regular mail-out and how to subscribe.
Thanks to all those who have assisted the Catalan Solidarity: Ireland Committee throughout the year by forwarding comments of support and solidarity.

2.     Solidarity at Annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration

Members and supporters of the Catalan Solidarity Ireland Committee took part in this years Bloody Sunday commemorative march in Derry.

This year marked the 35th year in which the relatives of those murdered and wounded by British Paratroopers, demonstrated with the people of Derry and across Ireland to demand truth and justice.

Thousands of people from across Ireland and many political backgrounds attended what has now become and annual week long solidarity event that includes political debate, theatre, music and well as a commemorative vigil to those murdered whilst attending a peaceful march and rally through the Derry back in January 1972.

3.     Arrest of two members of the Assembly of Independentist Youth of Badalona (AJIB-The Avant-Garde)

On 3 January, the Local Police in Badalona stopped 2 militants of the Assembly of Independentist Youth of Badalona (AJIB) who were squating a property in the neighborhood of Badaloní Progress.

Regarding these facts, we (Endevant, OSAN) show our solidarity and we, the two arrested along with the AJIB in the work that it carries out daily in Badalona, believe that repression will not stop the fight of this assembly or of the young people of the independence movement and revolutionaries of the Catalan Countries.

We denounce the illegal arrest of both activists and the unacceptable and delirious accusation of "robbery with intent". Once again the repressive bodies are attempting to divert the debate regarding the issue of squating, inventing accusations and criminalizing the movement. Attempting to stop freedom of speech and as well as the project that goes along with every squat that is established in society.

At present, due to the price increase in housing, miserable salaries, poor work conditions etc and also to the lack of disposable public premises. The young people practically only have the option to squat to have access to housing or in other types of premises available to them. A place to meet to develop cultural and political activities without institutional restrictions.

Because of this we ask for their immediate release without conditions place upon these two activists and so we reiterate our support for them.

Source: Endavant (Socialist Organization of National Liberation) (www.endavant.org)

4.     Unity Gathering in Solidarity with the Basque Country

On January 20th, around a hundred people gathered in St. Jaume Square in Barcelona in Solidarity with the Basque Country.

STATEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Without Democracy there is No Peace. Self- Determination

The process for the resolution of the political conflict which is about to start in the Basque Country, has as an objective to create the democratic bases to overcome the confrontation, including all the political options within the Basque society, around two negotiation tables: one consisting of political parties, trade unions and social organisations with the aim to reach a common agreement. And another one formed by E.T.A. and the Spanish Government, in order to promote demilitarization and to resolve the situation of the Basque political prisoners.

E.T.A. called a ceasefire in March 2006. Both the French and Spanish authoritites must give a firm step forward towards peace. There is a feeling of hope amongst the Basque people. The overcoming of conflict is possible. In order for negotiations to progress participation is required from everyone in the struggle for a democratic solution for the rights of the Basque Country.

For these reasons, we make a call to both the French and Spanish State to get involved in the process of dialogue and negotiation, accepting the right of the Basque people to decide upon their own future.

5.     Solidarity Action with Catalan Political Prisoners

The Assembly of Youth of the Figaró and La Garriga (AJFG) "La República", in support to the fight of the collective "Rescat" (rescue) in the solidarity with Catalan Political Prisoners, held a protest on the 23 of December, we displayed a banner in the middle of the Square of Can Dachs de La Garriga and distributed papers to claim the political status, the regroupment and the amnesty of Zigor, Laura, Diego, Lola, Juanra and Marina.

We had our faces covered with white masks and the mouth was covered by two crossed black tapes, as a symbol of the denial by the Spanish State to the democratic right of freedom of speech and self-determination, and to denounce that the Spanish State continues to repress the Catalan youth.

We brought torches to symbolize that in spite of the repression the fight continues, that the flame of the Catalan Countries resists and that the youth will continue to grow in order to construct a better future for our village.

Everybody is not here!!! The prisoners are missing!!!!
Independence and socialism!!

AJFG "La República"
Member of the Coordinator of Youngsters Assemblies of the Secessionist Left (CAJEI)

6.     WHO WE ARE: Catalan Solidarity: Ireland Committee

Catalan Solidarity: Ireland Committee was established to provide practical support and solidarity to Catalan political prisoners, their supporters as well as information on the continuing struggle for self determination and socialism in Catalonia to challenge the media portrayal on political militants that are being fuelled by a regime, its media, its paramilitary forces, and mounting repressive laws and legislations.

In order to assist these goals we have established an online news and information service to comment on the current political situation within Catalonia, from within the prisons and on the streets.

As part of our work we aim to provide information events, pickets and solidarity protests etc to highlight various campaigns and activities and to raise awareness of the political situation in Catalonia.

We urge both Catalans living in Ireland and other non-Catalans across Ireland to write to Catalan Political Prisoners, offering them both continued solidarity and support.

We intend to issue regular news, comments & activities via email by Llibertat! â Saoirse!

At present our website is under construction however, we hope that our work will inspire you to find out more!

To view our website: http://www.catalansolidarity.blogspot.com/

7.     SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS

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