Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Internationally renowned Catalan scientists supported independence

A prestigious group of Catalan scientists announced its support for the pro-independence coalition Junts pel Sí (Together for Yes)*, which it considers the "best option" to ensure the growth of the country’s research system. The manifesto is signed by 11 personalities, including Jordi Galí, Joan Massagué, Bonaventura Clotet, Joan Ramon Resina, Josep Maria Gatell, Manel Esteller, Josep Maria Llovet, Xavier Estivill, Ramon Brugada, Jaume Bertranpetit, and Carles Boix. 

The document takes issue with the Spanish government’s policies and warns that Catalonia cannot take "the great leap forward towards the generation of economic progress" without the "structures" of an independent state. "The Catalan Parliamentary elections on September 27 represent a great opportunity for science in Catalonia. In view of the situation described, the undersigned declare our support for the candidacy of Together for Yes, which we believe to be the best option to maintain the consensus developed over so many years", they concluded.

* Coalition formed by Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (liberal) and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (social-democrat). Supported by Demòcrates de Catalunya (split from UDC, Christian-democratic), MÉS (split from PSOE, socialist) and former members both of PSOE and Iniciativa per Catalunya (euro communists). It is suported as well by the Catalan National Assembly and Òmnium Cultural. First persones in the list are: Raül Romeva (former Iniciativa per Catalunya MEP), Carme Forcadell (former CNA president), Muriel Casals  (former Òmnium Cultural president), Artur Mas (Catalan government president and CDC leader) and Oriol Junqueras (former oposition leader and ERC president).

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