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Post Castilian-Speaking Catalonian Separatists: Súmate
Created by John Eipper on 10/17/19 4:50 AM

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Castilian-Speaking Catalonian Separatists: Súmate (Bàrbara Molas, Canada, 10/17/19 4:50 am)

To address John Eipper's question on Spanish-speaking separatists in Catalonia:

I believe it is worth highlighting the existence since 2013 of a political platform of Spanish-speaking Catalans for independence: Súmate. The platform supports the creation of an independent Catalan state because, they argue, it would be favorable to the working classes. Súmate insists, however, that its members will not renounce their identity as Spanish-speaking members of the Catalan community. They arguably defend a Catalonia which is open and diverse. They believe that the Spanish government undermines the Catalan "welfare state" and causes its "fiscal imbalance."

Their motto is "What matters is not where you come from, but where you go" (my translation). Here is their website: http://www.sumate.cat/?v=3e8d115eb4b3

JE comments:  Súmate might be translated as "join us"--literally, it's "add yourself."  The website repeatedly stresses the diversity of Catalonian society, although the "who we are" section is directed to transplants (and their descendants) from other parts of Spain.  The website doesn't appear to have a version in Catalan--or English, for that matter.

Jordi Molins (next) also addresses the topic of Castilian-speaking separatists/Republicans.


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