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SPEAKERS CORNER… by franklyfrancophone

In a recent interview with the Catalan News Agency the Scottish Minister for External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, declared that Scotland and Catalonia should have the right to decide their own future. Ms Hyslop referred to the demonstration which took place in Barcelona on July 10th, in which between 1.1 and 1.5 million people (according to police and organisers respectively) took part.

“Having a million people demonstrating for independence is a very strong message,” she declared, adding that it was “a real demonstration of the people’s power”. The Minister said that “Catalans should have the opportunity to decide their future in a referendum” for “the rest of the world to see that they want their own freedom”. She made it clear that she considers that politicians and governments “cannot stop people from deciding their future”.

 

Interview with Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXSDWMWfcWE{/youtube}

In Scotland anglo-unionist political parties’ opposition to a Scottish independence referendum is to be a central issue of the Scottish general election which takes place next May, just one month after the final stage (in Barcelona) of the municipally organised Catalan independence referendum.

Catalans protest in favour of greater self-government, Barcelona, July 10th 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0_J48VVurw{/youtube}

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