Pro-independence grassroots groups urge parties to agree on roadmap

Catalan MonitorFeature

Agreement and elections campaign

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) –Catalonia’s biggest pro-independence organisation– has started a campaign to put pressure on political parties for a secession roadmap to be agreed upon. The independence process, which gathered momentum last November 9 with a symbolic referendum, has since stalled after the two biggest separatist parties Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) have failed to agree on an electoral arrangement to bypass Spain’s permanent ban on a legal referendum.

Pro-independence forces essentially differ on which strategy t0 follow regarding the next Catalan election. While ruling CDC favours a “unity list” which gathers all separatist parties under a single platform, ERC would rather have each party running their own lists with a common agreement to declare independence in case a majority was achieved.

Lack of progress in inter party talks has upset pro-independence activists, who overwhelmingly demand a referendum with real consequences. For this reason, the ANC has stepped up pressure with the Twitter campaign #AcordiEleccionsJa, urging parties to call snap elections so that a proxy vote on independence can be held legally.

Pro-independence actors hold yet another summit 

Leaders of secessionist parties as well as representatives of prominent pro-independence organisations met today again, although president Mas has previously said that the outcome of the meeting, and the decision on the subject, will not be announced until tomorrow, January 15.