Catalonia protests for independence / 爭脫離西國獨立 80萬加泰隆尼亞人上街          

September 11th is the day which the Spain's King Philip V, conquered Barcelona in 1714. It 's also the national day for Catalonia. Some 800,000 people have turned out in Barcelona and other towns in Catalonia on a day of rallies by nationalists wishing to break with Spain.

For many years, Catalans have been asking for independence. Since 2012, major demonstrations in favor of independence have been held in Catalonia every year on its national day. Catalans gathered in Barcelona and four other cities, waving separatist flags and calling for independence.

==CARMEN SANTOS, Catalan==
People have a very aggressive attitude of determination. Let those politicians hear our voice.

Catalonia is one of the richest regions in Spain. Its GDP alone accounts for 19% of Spain's national GDP. In 2014, a non-binding referendum on independence was held, despite a block made by Spain's Constitutional Court. However, of the 5.4 million voters, only 1.6 million voted in favor of independence.

==CARLES PUIGDEMONT, President of Spanish Region of Catalonia==
This process (independence) has to be agreed with the Spanish government because that is what Catalans have chosen. I believe this is the solution and the most intelligent formula, the one that guarantees the best democratic and political development.

The Spanish government has tried to stop Catalans from having a second referendum and has refused to negotiate over any calls for independence. Spain threatens Catalans that an independent Catalonia would be rejected from the European Union and left outside the Euro currency. President Puigdemont of the Spanish Autonomous Region of Catalonia claims to want to break away from political negotiations with Spain; he implies that when it is necessary, he will unilaterally proclaim the independence of Catalonia.

TRANSLATED BY:ANTHONY LIN


十一號是是西班牙國王菲立普五世征服巴塞隆納的日子,也是加泰隆尼亞地區的國慶日。首府巴塞隆納跟另外四個城市的民眾,一如往年高舉著紅黃兩色旗幟,上街遊行,期盼"加泰隆尼亞",實現脫西獨立的夢想。

==加泰隆尼亞居民 卡門桑圖絲==
人們以非常積極的態度 決定這樣做
這可以讓那些政客 傾聽我們的心聲

西班牙東北部的"加泰隆尼亞",是該國繁榮富裕的區域之一,經濟產能佔全國GDP的19%。但因為中央政府課稅多,不尊重當地特有文化,民間早有脫西獨立的聲浪,2014年11月,曾經自行舉辦沒法律效力的獨立公投,儘管西班牙憲法法庭下令停辦,但540萬選民中,仍有160萬人投了贊成票。

==加泰隆尼亞自治區主席 普依德蒙特==
西班牙政府必須同意這個(獨立)過程
因為這是加泰隆尼亞人的選擇
我相信這是解決狀況最聰明的方式
也是讓民主政治發展的最好方式

西班牙政府認為地方政府債台高築是自食惡果,並非中央造成,除了阻止當地舉行公投,還表示一旦當地獨立,將會被逐出歐盟,無法使用歐元。

今年新上任的加泰隆尼亞自治區主席 "普依德蒙特",主張與西班牙談判脫離,也暗示必要時刻,不排除片面宣佈獨立。

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