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Self determination is not secession: United Nations law specifically precludes Catalonia case.

“The right to self-determination: historical and current development”, reviews and compiles UN jurisprudence  focusing on the right to self-determination.

This document states on eight separate occasions that the right to self-determination does not grant the right of secession

Reference:

United Nations. 1981. Cristescu A. The right to self-determination: historical and current development on the basis of United Nations instruments.

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United Nations specifically forbids The Big Catalan Nation Project 

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The United Nations in all its pronouncements, state eleven times what should be obvious: that the right to self-determination cannot be used for, and I quote literally, the “amalgamation of nationalities”

The founding assembly of the United Nations used none other than the cases of Germany and Italy, when their nationalist movements tried to amalgamate their nations under this principle before and during World War II, to support its arguments.

This claim has always formed part of the agendas and ideologies of the pro-independence parties in Catalonia.

References:

United Nations. 1945. Conference on International Organization.

United Nations. 1960. General Assembly. Resolution 1514. Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

United Nations. 1970. Resolution 2625 (XXV). Declaration
on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly
Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance
with the’ Charter of the United Nations.

United Nations 1981. Cristescu A. The right to self-determination: historical and current development on the basis of United Nations instruments.

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Catalan is a minority language in Catalonia and other French and Spanish regions

Catalonia nationalists are using the same excuses to ethnically cleanse spaniards that Spain used to displace Jews in 1492: you may have lived here for centuries, but you are not indigenous, therefore we want you to convert or else.

This is the reality of the Catalan language in four regions of Spain, France and Andorra, according to data from their Regional Governments after 40 years of educational and political freedoms—and compulsory schooling in catalán in Catalonia:

Catalan/Valenciano/Balearic language variants as mother tongue
Region Country Percentage Population
Catalonia(1) Spain 31% 7,523,000
Valencia(2) Spain 24% 790,201
Balearic Islands(3) Spain 38% 1,107,000
Andorra(4) Andorra 40% 77,281
Franja Aragon(5) Spain 52% 47,631
Roussillon* (6) France 6% 462,705
Total Total 30% 10,007,818
*or North Catalonia according to the Catalan Government in Barcelona

Currently there are no equal rights for the Spanish majority in both education and their dealings with the public sector.

References:

1. Catalan Government. Catalan Institute for Statistics (Idescat). Generalidad de Cataluña. Estadística d’usos lingüístics de la població 2013, p.6.

2. Valencian Government. Generalitat Valenciana. Knowledge and Social Use of Valencian Language. General Survey 2015. Synthesis of Results. 2015, p.20.

3. Melià J. 2015. El català a les Illes Balears. 2014, primera aproximació. Llengua i ús: revista tècnica de política lingüística. No. 57, p 64.

4. Govern d’Andorra. Servie de Política Lingüistica. 2014. Coneixements i usos lingüisticos de la població d’Andorra. Situació actual i evolució (1995-2014), p.9.

5. Catalan Government. Culture Department. Els usos usos lingüisticos a la Franja, 2014 p.12.

6. Catalan Government. Enquesta d’usos lingüístics a la Catalunya del Nord 2015. Principals resultats de l”Enquesta d’usos linguistics a al Catalunya del Nord (EULCN) 2015, p.5.

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Catalan language was not persecuted during Franco´s time

The 1969 ruling of the Supreme Court that irrefutably demonstrates the standpoint of the highest legal body in the land regarding Spain’s vernacular languages during the dictatorship.

(Catalan is) “… a distinguished vernacular language, even though spoken by a minority, the free private and social use of which is respected and guaranteed by the Spanish State”.

Reference:

Spanish Supreme Court. 21/03/1969. Judgment. STS 2732/1969

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Where the true aggression is coming from

Tarradellas the previous President of Catalonia in exile for 23 years, wrote as early as in 1981 that, in view of his successors policies and leaders, “the rupture of our people’s unity is inevitable”

He also said that Pujol – the president of the Government of Catalonia for the next 23 years- “irresponsible attitudes… (will achieve) the disunity of Catalonia and confrontation with Spain”.

He continued: the culprits are using a very old, highly discredited trick, that of playing the persecuted, the victim and “acted as they have now, arrogantly and thinking that only we were right”, “abusing the good faith of those who… are being tendentiously informed”.

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THE SMEAR TACTICS OF THE CATALAN PRESS

On 1 October, the best-selling newspapers in Catalonia cynically reported the biggest lie that has ever appeared in the Spanish press.

Seeking to intensify the tension and hatred, they converted a finger which developed swelling after the police threw an organiser of the illegal referendum out of a polling station into a story of sexual abuse as they sadistically broke four of her fingers one by one.

Nothing published that day was gratuitous. Just like in the banks, everything came with interest

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