‘If No wins we’ll shut up, if it’s Yes the con­flict will con­tinue‘

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ROSA MARCÚS, 53 Sec­ondary school teacher Sit­ges

I will vote Yes be­cause in an in­de­pen­dent Cat­alo­nia we will have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what we do, in­clud­ing our mis­takes, with­out al­ways blam­ing Spain. We are an adult so­ci­ety. For a long time now Spain and Cat­alo­nia haven’t had a com­mon project. It’s like a mar­riage where you only stay to­gether be­cause of the mort­gage. Spain doesn’t in­vest in Cat­alo­nia, and a lot of the money wasted on high-speed trains that go from nowhere to nowhere, or on cor­rup­tion, comes from here. I hope that we can all, whether Yes or No, get to vote, then we’ll see what hap­pens.

MARTA CASADO FELIU, 19 Study­ing to be an in­ter­preter Barcelona

The ma­jor­ity of Cata­lans want a ref­er­en­dum, but this one is il­le­gal. Fur­ther­more, al­though the se­ces­sion­ists have a ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment they rep­re­sent only 47.8% of the pop­u­lar vote and they ap­pear to be act­ing alone on be­half of less than half the pop­u­la­tion. I don’t see how this ref­er­en­dum can serve as the base for a uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence and doubt it would get in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. Both the Cata­lan and Span­ish gov­ern­ments use the is­sue to dis­tract at­ten­tion from cor­rup­tion and cuts in health and ed­u­ca­tion. I hope one day we can vote in a proper ref­er­en­dum.

MARTÍ PONT ROJAS, 19 Science stu­dent Barcelona

I will vote be­cause I think Spain needs a wake-up call. If they keep treat­ing us the way they do, at­tack­ing peo­ple, our lan­guage and our cul­ture, Cat­alo­nia and Spain will never be united. I will vote Yes even though with Pode­mos it’s pos­si­ble to be­lieve in a less con­ser­va­tive Spain. But first the old guard has to go be­fore young peo­ple can be­lieve the sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of bring­ing about change. De­pend­ing on the re­sult, I think this ref­er­en­dum is a ba­sis for declar­ing in­de­pen­dence. If No wins, we’ll shut up, but if it’s Yes, the con­flict will con­tinue.

MERCÈ VILARRUBIAS, 53 English teacher Barcelona

I won’t be vot­ing. I think that right now the pri­or­ity has to be to re-es­tab­lish the law. The Cata­lan gov­ern­ment has passed two laws that sup­plant the Span­ish con­sti­tu­tion and the statutes that give Cat­alo­nia its au­ton­omy. I think this sit­u­a­tion with two op­pos­ing sets of laws is very dan­ger­ous, and that the state needs to take con­trol, oth­er­wise the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment will choose the laws it likes. But the gov­ern­ment has man­aged the cri­sis very badly, re­fus­ing to talk and act­ing with great dis­dain towards the Cata­lans, but I would sup­port it in try­ing to re-es­tab­lish the rule of law. Af­ter that, I hope we can find politicians who are up to the job.

SERGI MONFORT CLARAMUNT, 23 Forestry man­age­ment stu­dent El Ven­drell

I will vote Yes, even though the ref­er­en­dum lacks cer­tain guar­an­tees, be­cause I be­lieve it’s a demo­cratic right and that Cat­alo­nia needs a change for the bet­ter. For that to hap­pen we need to become in­de­pen­dent. Spain and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity need to lis­ten to the Cata­lans’ voice and opin­ions and ac­cept their de­ci­sions. I don’t think that at an in­ter­na­tional level they will have any choice other than to ac­cept the re­sult. Things here are go­ing to change af­ter 1 Oc­to­ber. We will be­gin a process of sep­a­ra­tion and the estab­lish­ment of a new state.

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