‘Right to decide’ campaign to mobilize separatist activism in the Catalan Countries

Over 3,000 volunteers from La Plataforma pel Dret de Decidir (PDD), or Platform for the Right to Decide, will collect signatures on the day of the Spanish general elections in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, as well as in cities around the world. The aim is to show the level of public support for Catalan institutions being allowed to call legally binding referendums of their own.

PDD has now published details of the campaign they plan to carry out on Sunday 9 March, the day of the Spanish general elections. PDD has never managed to rally such far-reaching support, having previously only called two mass demonstrations in Barcelona. This Sunday's action, however, will certainly not be limited to the capital of Catalonia.

More specifically, approximately 3,000 PDD volunteers will collect signatures and sell scarves at 340 locations throughout the Catalan-speaking territories. A total of 64,000 forms and 30,000 scarves, which will be sold at 2 euros each, have been distributed.

PDD is one of the civic organizations that has recently attracted the most support from those in favour of Catalan autonomy and independence. The association has made it a priority to inform people of their right to self-determination, both within the Catalan Countries and beyond. In an attempt to give more visibility to the campaign at the international level, signatures will also be collected in about fifteen cities across the world, including Brussels, Vienna, Luxembourg, Stockholm, Vancouver, Guatemala, Melbourne and Beijing.

According to PDD, their campaign has two objectives. Firstly, PDD wants to give a final boost to the Decideixo Decidir! (I decide to decide!) campaign, which has been collecting signatures since 2006 to show the level of public support for allowing autonomous parliaments in the Catalan Countries to call binding referendums, a right currently reserved for the Spanish Government. But PDD also wants to guarantee its financial independence from parties and institutions by selling scarves and flags.


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