Barcelona condemned a crackdown on Catalonia’s right to self-determination after 13 regional government officials have been detained on Wednesday as tensions upward push ahead of an October 1 referendum on independence for the region, AFP reviews.
Catalonia’s pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont accused the Spanish government of implementing a “de facto nation of emergency” within the region, with a chain of measures to save you what Madrid sees as an unlawful independence referendum taking area.
“FC Barcelona, in closing devoted to its historic commitment to the defence of the nation, to democracy, to freedom of speech, and to self-determination, condemns any act that can obstruct the loose exercise of those rights,” Barca stated in a announcement.
“Therefore, FC Barcelona publicly expresses its assist for anybody, entities, and institutions that work to assure these rights.
“FC Barcelona, in holding the maximum respect for its numerous body of members, will continue to guide the desire of the majority of Catalan people, and will accomplish that in a civil, non violent, and exemplary way.”
Barcelona have formerly been cautious not to support either side of the independence debate, but have subsidized the rich north-jap Spanish region’s proper to determine at the poll container.
“That is adhering to democracy and the freedom of expression,” membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu informed a meeting of club members in may.
“That doesn’t mean to be in favour of one position or the other, that might be an mistakes.
“We recognize all preferences so long as they stay respectful of others and democratic.”
Madrid has taken several different steps to save you the Catalan referendum from going forward, along with threatening to arrest mayors who facilitate the vote.
Barcelona had been constantly fined through european soccer’s governing body UEFA for the waving of the pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flag at Champions League fits.
Chants in aid of independence are also commonplace on the Camp Nou in the 17th minute to mark the fall of Catalonia within the Spanish war of Succession in 1714