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Ciutadans is not an anti-nationalist party. Ciutadans is non nationalist.

Ciutadans is not right wing. Ciutadans is what PSC should be now and were in the beginning.

Most of Ciutadans voters are ex-PSC voters. We also get votes from people who voted PP in previous elections. These people are not extreme right, they voted PP because it was the only non nationalist party in Catalonia. Now these people feel better represented by Ciutadans.

"And one last comment. Behind Ciutadans there is a group of justice pro-Franco intellectuals belonging to the Law faculties in the catalan university."

This is quite surrealistic. How can be pro-Franco Boadella, who was Court martialled in Franco´s time for offences to the Spanish Army? He had to escape to France and could not return to Spain until Franco died.
Most of the other "intellectuals" were anti-Franco fighters during the dictatorship.

Ciutadans is being accused of the most surrealistic crimes because none of the other parties can find any real reason to criticise our ideas. Many of us suffered oppression in Franco´s time and we are experiencing now something similar but in Catalan instead of in Spanish.

In Catalonia we are suffering this nationalist oppression not because this is what people want but because is the best way some political parties have found to get political power as a way of obtaining economic power. At this time it is a nonsense to talk about left and right in Catalonia. What matters is money. Saura, of ICV (very left wing according to themselves) believes that solidarity with the rest of Spain has limits, and they are the ones to set those limits. This left wing man has as his favourite restaurant Via Veneto, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Barcelona. Only the richest businessmen in Barcelona can afford this type of restaurant. Saura is not ashamed of being seen there.

Before Ciutadans existed, the other 5 parties were simply exchanging seats in Parliament or City Councils. It was like a show were everybody knew their part. They could have arguments at the Parliament, but after that they could be seen having lunch together or sharing businesses. This received the name of the "Catalan Oasis" or "Catalan Matrix". Nothing happened here, but suddenly a new group showed up, Ciutadans. Immediately all members of PUC (Partido Unico Catalan --> PSC, ICV, CiU, ERC) started feeling panic. They started organising a boycott in the media to all news about Ciutadans. No interviews, nothing. Only El Mundo and La Cope allowed us to speak. Obviously they were interested in a party that could take votes from PSC.

In the end the Internet was the only means of sending the message to possible voters. People are so really fed up in Catalonia that even with the boycott the message arrived to some people. We got 4.5% in the city of Barcelona, 5% in Cornella, 7% in Castelldefels and for the first time the official media had to accept that Ciutadans existed.

Now more and more people are getting the message and i n the next elections we will probably do much better.

But the "Catalan Oasis (PUC)" is really frightened. They need to destroy us as soon as possible. More than 44% of catalans refused to vote because they cannot stand the PUC + PP anymore. Now PSC and PP have reached an agreement to try to destroy Albert Rivera, our president. In the future we will have all sort of attacks but they are not going to win.

by bakunin on Mon Nov 27th, 2006 at 01:37:52 PM EST
Thanks, and welcome/bienvenido/benvingut to ET.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 27th, 2006 at 01:41:57 PM EST
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What is your perspective on Ciutadans' intentions to run in national elections, or in other Autonomous Communities (such as Madrid)?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 27th, 2006 at 01:44:56 PM EST
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