Statement on the Catalan Referendum (PEN International)

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PEN International’s Writers for Peace Committee
Statement on the Catalan Referendum

3 October 2017

We, the Writers for Peace Committee of PEN International, express our grave concern over the events that marred the show of democratic will by the people in the recent Catalan referendum. The scenes of armed, masked police officers assaulting peaceful citizens of all ages should be a matter of shame for the Spanish Government, as is the lack of a meaningful response from the Council of the European Union.

The action would be outrageous in any society; however, this is especially so in a country that has prided itself on emerging as a democracy from dark days of civil war and dictatorship. As Writers for Peace, we are deeply concerned that the political and actual wounds of those decades should not be re-opened.

We deplore the violence used by the forces of the Spanish state against the people of Catalonia on 1 October 2017.

We believe that a dispute between governments can never be a just reason for unleashing violence on peaceful citizens seeking to give their opinion through voting. Neither can an order from a court be the reason to use excessive force to prevent the free and legitimate expression of dissent. We believe that in this case, the force used was excessive.

We demand that the right to freedom of expression, whether it is exercised through voting, speaking or writing, be respected by all branches of state authority. We call on all EU Institutions and in particular on the European Parliament to remind Spain of the limits that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights put on its actions.

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Le Comité des écrivains pour la paix de P.E.N. International
Déclaration du Comité pour la paix de P.E.N. International sur le référendum catalan

Les membres du Comité pour la paix de P.E.N. International expriment leur profonde préoccupation devant les événements qui ont entaché l’expression de la volonté démocratique de la population lors du récent référendum catalan.
Nous sommes convaincus que même les questions clés comme celle de savoir si le référendum peut constituer une base légitime de changement constitutionnel devraient faire l’objet de négociations entre les représentants élus des autorités des deux parties et que les conflits entre leurs gouvernements ne peuvent servir de prétexte pour envoyer des forces paramilitaires sur des citoyens pacifiques qui cherchent à exprimer leurs points de vue dans le processus électoral. Nous croyons également qu’une décision judiciaire ne peut justifier l’utilisation de la violence dans le but d’empêcher la libre expression des citoyens ayant des opinions différentes.

Nous condamnons la violence déclenchée le 1er octobre 2017 par les forces espagnoles contre le peuple catalan. Les scènes de policiers armés, masqués et anonymes attaquant des citoyens non-violents de tous âges devraient être un déshonneur pour le gouvernement espagnol, de même que pour les tribunaux et le Conseil de l’Union européenne. Un tel acte est scandaleux dans toute société, de surcroît dans un pays qui est fier de ses acquis démocratiques après la sombre période de la guerre civile et de la dictature. Les écrivains du Comité pour la paix souhaitent ardemment que les blessures des dernières décennies ne soient pas rouvertes.
Nous exigeons que toutes les branches du pouvoir respectent le droit à la liberté d’expression, qu’il s’agisse d’élections, de discours ou d’écrits.
Les membres du Comité pour la paix de P.E.N. International appellent les États membres de l’Union Européenne à rappeler à l’Espagne le comportement qui est dicté par la Charte des droits fondamentaux et par la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme.

Marjan Strojan,
Président du Comité des écrivains pour la paix du P.E.N. International

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Комитетот на писатели за мир на Меѓународниот П.Е.Н. центар
Изјава за каталонскиот референдум

3 октомври 2017 година

Ние, Комитетот на писатели за мир на Меѓународниот П.Е.Н., ја изразуваме нашата голема загриженост за настаните кои го нарушија демонстрирањето на демократската волја од страна на народот на неодамнешниот каталонски референдум. Сцените на вооружени, маскирани полицајци, кои напаѓаат мирни граѓани од сите возрасти, треба да бидат срам за шпанската Влада, како и недостатокот на значаен одговор од Советот на Европската Унија.

Акцијата би била срамота во секое општество; сепак, ова е особено така во земја која се гордееше да се промовира како демократска, особено по мрачните денови на граѓанската војна и диктатура. Како писатели за мир, длабоко сме загрижени дека политичките и актуелните рани од тие децении не треба да бидат повторно отворени.

Ние го осудуваме насилството што го користеле силите на шпанската држава против луѓето од Каталонија на 1 октомври 2017 година.

Ние веруваме дека спорот меѓу владите никогаш не може да биде праведна причина за реализирање на насилство врз мирни граѓани кои сакаат да го дадат своето мислење преку гласање. Ниту наредбата од судот не може да биде причина да се користи прекумерна сила за да се спречи слободното и легитимно изразување на несогласување. Ние веруваме дека во овој случај, употребената сила беше прекумерна.

Бараме правото на слобода на изразување, без разлика дали се остварува преку гласање, зборување или пишување, да се почитува од сите гранки на државната власт. Ги повикуваме сите институции на ЕУ, а особено Европскиот парламент да ја потсети Шпанија за ограничувањата што ги поставија Повелбата на ЕУ за основните права и Европската конвенција за човекови права.

Марјан Стројан,
Претседател на Комитетот за мир на писателите на Меѓународниот П.Е.Н. центар

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My comment:

We all share the compassion and the deep revolt produced by watching the pain inflicted by the “form” of police brutality, or with the way how democracy is crumbling worldwide. The least we can do is to make open call like this, in a peaceful way, for clearing all the problems of this type. Barbarism should not be a trend of the 21st century, on the contrary … As much as we speak about peace, justice and sustainability, what we see is totally the opposite. We became from day to day, more and more bad version of humanity. Stay blessed and thanks for this very important PEN statement!

 

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:тime for new Samsara. year 2012

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“Visually breathtaking. Unlike anything you will ever see.” IndieWire

“The stunning new trailer for Samsara offers a tantalizing peek at the dozens of exotic locations visited by the filmmakers in their quest to capture the ‘ever turning wheel of life’ on Earth.”

If you are familiar with the stunning and transcendent visual poetry of Ron Fricke’s non-narrative documentary BARAKA (1992), his follow up film SAMSARA might interest you as well!  He filmed everything with 70mm film so I will no doubt be gorgeous.  I would write more about this, but part of the magic of Fricke’s films are that they have to be seen and experienced, and preferably in a giant theatre.  Here is the trailer.

A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man’s struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman’s struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending.

Release date August 23, 2012. Samsara – Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. “Samsara” is a sanskrit word meaning “continuous flow”; it is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth (reincarnation) within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bön, Jainism, Yoga and Sikhism.

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.  Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

:vote for free knowledge ::: sign d #petition

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:Ok, shortly after d handball match Macedonia : Slovenia where we #win 28:27 and take d 5th place on d European Championship, I’ll not speak about d open door for d Olympic Games because this is not d topic that I write for anyway few sentences are just OK and d victory too. 😉

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:What a want to mention is d second part, edition of collecting signatures against d evils that want to stop d freedom of Internet, sharing etc. If u want to read more I already wrote on my blog in few post’s about everything that concerns Us about this still vital topic/ #problem [:So I do! #protest #support freedom of Internet! & :72 hours left; warnINg!]

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:Here is the ((( LINK ))) where it’s important to give ur signature because this is d only petition that is possible to help U raise our voice and stop d process.

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:ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc).

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Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.
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[ACTA] – ‘The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement‘ is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.

ACTA would establish a new international legal framework that would create its “own governing body outside existing international institutions” such as – the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.

An open letter signed by many organizations, including Consumers International, EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web 2.0 companies), and the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI), states that “the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy.”
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I already sign this petition in d first circle but is really up to Us if we want to stop this virtual terror. they act like they invent this magical tool for connecting. let’s show them that this connection is like it is because of all of Us and that we are not goin’ to stop and spread d word all over d world. as one comment in youtube says:

“the governments should be afraid of their people, not vice versa. without us, these f*ing pigs would have no power, so it is up to us to show em who’s boss.”

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!Let’s fix d system NOT change IT! .. till next reading _see ya!

:So I do! #protest #support freedom of Internet!

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:I was thinking to skip this because it’s not in use in Macedonia, but I stop for a moment and I said to myself: I love piracy, mostly all of d music, videos, films etc I get second hand, nobody pay for that even if someone give some money he decide by free will to uploaded for free use. crazy when u open ur regular accounts on facebook, twitter and u finds links like this, for me was pretty shocking. I couldn’t even imagine, like some bad episode from south park maybe. I RT but it was only beginning of d day, it was/ is REAL!

So why Wikipedia protest today? they protest against d U.S. Congress that is considering legislation that could fatally damage d free and open Internet! .d government made a very good strategy that works behind d back of d freedom of speech, journalism, sharing, d whole system that we learn till today it will be change and in d eyes of d world it’s just a small change of d privacy police and d piracy. It’s not so simple as they present, after this two SOPA и PIPA become one nothing will be d same, there will be more censorship, a lot of web pages will be destroyed, closed .. even d book that are written till now will need to be changed.

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill introduced into the House of Representatives in October to give law enforcement and copyright holders additional tools to prevent copyright infringement, backing off another bill, PIPA, both seeking to protect corporations from the theft of imaginary property.

Very often we see in Macedonia this video is not available in your country, I can’t imagine if after America (US) this is spread all around d world and most of d net content is protected/ censored or not allowed for regular use.

I’m annoyed when I see once per month this situation with youtube but this will make global network silence, we definitely need to unite against this. this is not what we expect and we are not criminals on Internet, we use it as regular citizens. if u think there are bad people develop better system for control and mapping..

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..there are thousands and thousands of places where u can read stories about but first watch d video, then sign d petition here & here (it’s up to u where u want), then read few more stuff it’s about Us, about free mankind that knows how to act online. OccupyWallStreet Is on strike to protest SOPA, d BBC view points and d open letter to Washington from Artists and Creators!

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::: More great videos at ██████████████████ #support Time to Protect INternet Freedom from crazy silly ideas!!

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..this are part of d web pages who support d protest, there are a lot as I mention in d beginning I find this via moondowner who also wrote post on d same topic but in Macedonian. check d gallery but SIGN d PETION, really take action & inform ur friends!
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:don’t hesitate urself to inform ur friends and share this post with them, if not this post maybe d direct link for d petition. we are stronger if we are more, we need to keep of freedom, if we make capitalism from d free net a lot of Us will fail. and it’s not about d failure it’s about d space of development, if we change d direction now we are again on d beginning, and believe me that’s NOT so good!

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