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«The Case of the Catalans Consider'd» and «The Deplorable History of the Catalans» are two booklets, written and published in London in 1714 (before the adoption of the Treaty of Utrecht) of special relevance to condemn the policy of the Tory government representatives who at that time had the power to Great Bretanya- towards the Catalans- which meant a betrayal of the promises made to the Catalan plenipotentiaries word given by queen Anne of England in the Pact of Genoa 1705.

The booklets highlight the concern and outrage while many British citizens to the policy pursued by their government and call upon the British rulers to honor the commitment. Otherwise, warn that the word Catalan will became synonymous of the English disgrace.

Almost three hundred years later, on 14 July 2010, fourteen British Members of several political parties filed a motion in the Parliament of Westminster declaring that "it must be allowed that residents of Catalonia should have the right to democratically determine their own future". Curiously, or not, between those fourteen MPs signing the motion on behalf of the rights of the Catalans there was none of the Tory party.

The Associations Francesc de Castellvi, Civil Movement September 11 and Memorial 1714, launched the campaign "Everybody to Westminster" that between March and May 2011 gathered thousands of signatures from both individuals and organizations around Catalonia to a Manifesto of Gratitude to the 14 British MPs. These signatures were delivered at the same Westminster Parliament in a Solemn Ceremony on June 13, 2011 by the representatives of the three entities accompanied by a large group of Catalans.

Later, on 11 September 2012, the same Welsh deputy (Hywel Williams) who spearheaded the motion of 2010 introduced a new one pro-independence Catalonia. However, months later, on 28 November, the deputy of SNP, Sandra White, with the additional support of twenty-two members also filed a motion in the Parliament of Holyrood, Edinburgh, in defense of the right of Catalan people to self-determination. On 4 June 2014 another large group of Catalans gave those MPs of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, a manifesto of gratitude in a very emotional ceremony making clear that the shared sense of Catalan and Scottish people and attended (on behalf of the Association of Municipalities for Independence) the mayors of Ripoll and Sarria de Ter.

The campaign The case of the Catalans has gone on their way to the realization of additional actions, like the visit to the City Council of Vienna (October 2014) with the delivery of a reminding of that wellcoming city realized in 1714 to those Catalans went into exile, and the way the city of Alghero (Saint John, 2014) with individual events in the City Hall, the Office of the Catalan Government and in Omnium Cultural and the Cultural Work of Alghero. There have also been numerous events, conferences and debates all around the Catalan Countries.

The promoters of the campaign work focussed on the internationalization of Catalan case to make it known around the world and so we can find shelter and necessary support for a free future in which Catalonia will become a country among the free countries of the world. Fortunately, in addition and besides the work done by the external relations of the Generalitat of Catalonia, there is the work done by numerous organizations and groups from the Catalan National Assembly to the Collective Wilson. The summarized efforts is what makes the process be already widely recognized and Catalan count each passing day with more involvement.

We are also working on the preparation of materials that complement the actions of the campaign. In this regard, apart from the reissue of the book The Case of the Catalans (in English and Catalan) a video documentary has been done called "Catalonia upcoming independent European state", which has been sent in English version and subtitled versions in German, French and Spanish to more than 3,000 media from around the world, on five continents, from Australia to Canada and from South Africa to Norway, passing through China and Japan, Russia and the United States, a total of 188 countries.

On 19 May 2015 the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) passed a resolution betting on dialogue between Catalonia and Spain at the request of Members of the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten), a historic resolution for the recognition of the rights of the Catalans.

On 12 November of the same year a group of fifty Catalans were received by the Danish parliament deputy Nicolaj Villumsen who was delivering a show of gratitude to 20,000 adhesions.

In December it launched the preparation of the book "From the Case of the Catalans to the case of Catalonia" by six specialists (Josep Cruanyes, Josep Ferrer, Jordi Miravet, Agust Soler, Xavier Strubell and Toni Strubell with a foreword by Joan Manel Oronich) about the great moments in the history of Catalonia showing that for three hundred years Catalonia has continued to fight for their freedom. The issue will be made through a campaign of crowdfunding.

The year 2016 has a special significance in the Catalan-Irish relations through history. 130 years will acomplish of the sent the message to the Irish people to join Irish lider Charles Stewart Parnell accompanied by six thousand signatures. On the other side is the centenary of the Easter Rising (Poblacht na h Eireann) which was brutally repressed but which, however, meant the beginning of the final stage which led to Irish independence in 1921.

These last few years we have strengthten relations between the two countries with the reception of Dublin Parliament delegation of the Government of Catalonia and Diplocat, 2015 or twinning between the cities of Barcelona and Dublin, as well as other events held in Catalonia which include a tribute to the Mayor of Cork, Terence Mac Swiney died in Brixton prison in 1920, organized by the Dignity Commission, which took place at the Catalonia Sq of Barcelona. The event was attended by his grandson, Cathal Brugha, recalling the homage dedicated to Mac Swiney by the Catalan people on 2 November 1920.

 
 
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