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Barça FC joins Catalunya's 'right to decide' over independence campaign
07 May 2017 @ 19:37

FC BARCELONA has joined a campaign in support of a referendum on Catalunya's independence which seeks to bring on board as many organisations and individuals as possible in the region and beyond its borders ahead of a demonstration on May 19.

The 'National Pact for a Referendum' is not necessarily a pro-independence drive, but is instead calling for the region's residents and natives to be allowed the right to decide their own political future.

The Pact, started by the regional government, is calling on public and private companies and associations as well as society in general to join in – and Barça FC is the latest to elect to do so.

As yet, it is not known whether the club, currently chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu, will send along representatives to the protest in two weeks' time.

But the move is gathering strength – not just among those who would like to see Catalunya become a separate country, but also among those who already know they would vote against it.

A large proportion of the community in Catalunya feels 'dictated to' and 'ignored' by the Spanish central government, which has persistently refused to even discuss the matter and has even taken regional political leaders to court, leading to their being banned from holding office, as a result of a non-binding opinion poll on secession in November last year.


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