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How the rupturist left movements have analyzed this political scenario? CUP published a document that shares the political analysis of the moment and the opportunities provided by the binding democratic consultation on October 1. We attach the document and summarize the theoretical framework and political perspective that pushed anticapitalist, feminist, socialist and ecologist organizations such as CUP, to play an active role in this political process.


Political framework of the referendum: facing the crisis, rupture


The Spanish Public Prosecutor José Manuel Maza, officially stated that all mayors who have signed motions in support of the Catalan self-determiantion Referendum on October 1st, will be summoned. Mr. Maza also ordered to the Catalan Police (Mossos d’Esquadra) to arrest those who will not comply. In the light of these statements, Candidatura d’Unitat Popular – Poble Actiu declares that:

 -We will not comply with the summonses of the Public Prosecutor and we urge the rest of the political forces to do the same in accordance with the Law 19/2017 on the Referendum for the Self-Determination and with the democratic legitimacy given by the majority of the Catalan people, who want to vote on October 1st.


The worst thing that could happen to us as a society is thinking that the painful attacks of the 17th of August are a kind of natural catastrophe, an inexplicable calamity out of the blue. Obviously, the attacks are an unjustifiable act of barbarism, but they reflect vectors and contexts that end up causing the danger that can appear, and unless we make profound changes in them we unfortunately run the risk that they could happen again here and elsewhere.


Nightmares can make us feel as if we were living outside of time. It is not easy to write while still reeling from the emotional blow that has wounded this city, reeling from the hubris of nihilistic brutality, from the reminder of the oft-forgotten fact that we are all too fragile, from the political sniping of those who long for the return of a retropia, for a fortified past that is gone for good. It might even be preferable to show solidarity by remaining silent, to join together in a deafening, defiant silence, to resist alongside the victims as their pain slowly gives way to grieving and we can resume our lives together, albeit still shaken and traumatized.


Born in the rural Seu d’Urgell in 1982, People’s Unity List (CUP) joint national spokesperson Quim Arrufat became a well-known and respected figure in Catalan politics during his time as one of the CUP’s first three MPs in the Catalan parliament (2012-2015).


In an October 2012 interview with the Catalan web site Vilaweb, he described his organisation, which is committed to Catalan independence and socialism, as “urban Zapatistas”.



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