Eric Cantona, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono and Silvio Rodriguez also want Catalans to vote

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Also noteworthy are the incorporations of Nobel Peace Prize/winner Jody Williams, singer Silvio Rodríguez and exfootballer Hristo Stóitxkov

El Punt  24.07.2017  

The support of international personalities to the manifesto ‘Let Catalans vote’ – in English, ‘let the Catalans vote’ – continues to grow and the document already has fifty signatures. Since 2014, there have already been six Nobel laureates. The last to do so was Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1997, an American human rights activist and coordinator of the International Campaign for the Prohibition of Antipersonnel Mines.ones.

Since June, nine new personalities have signed the manifesto. Highlights include the singer and peace activist Yoko Ono Lennon, English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel and Cuban Silvio Rodríguez. Also joined by ex-soccer players Éric Cantona and Hristo Stóitxkov.

The other personalities who also join the world call to make the right to decide on the people of Catalonia are possible: Peter Jambreck, sociologist, jurist and politician, father of the Constitution of Slovenia; Heiner Flassbeck, former secretary of state of the German Ministry of Finance and head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development between 2003 and 2012; And Costas Lapavitsas, former deputy of Syriza and professor of economics at the University of London.

The manifesto points out that the best way to resolve legitimate internal disputes is to use the tools of democracy and calls on the Spanish government and its institutions to work together with their Catalan counterparts to allow citizens of Catalonia to decide on Its political future and, subsequently, establish good faith negotiations based on the outcome of the referendum.

Here is the list of signatories (some of which have deceased since signing):


Jody Williams, American Civil Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Yoko Ono Lennon, Japonese artist Hristo Stoitxkov, Bulgaran ex-footballer Peter Gabriel, English singer Éric Cantona, French ex-footballer and actor Silvio Rodríguez Domínguez, Cuban singer Peter Jambreck, Slovenian sociologist Heiner Flassbeck, Ex Secretary of Sate of German Finance Ministry Costas Lapavitsas, ex-Syriza MP Rigoberta Menchú, Guatemalan civil rights activist and Noel prize-winner Ahmed Galai, vice-president of the Tunisian League of Human Rights and Nobel prize-winner Mirta Baravalle, Argenitinian activist and president of Madres de Plaza de Mayo Gerry Adams, Irish politician and president of Sinn Féin Angela Davis, Activista Jason Y NG,  Hong-Kong activist and president of Hong Kong PEN Club Piedad Córdoba, Columbian Peace-mediator a José Bové, French activist Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer Tsering Woeser, Tibetan poetess José Shulman, Argentinian writer Hélder Mateus da Costa, Dramatist Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, German intellectual Viggo Mortensen, American actor Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and Nobel Peace prize-winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Pacifist and Nobel Peace prize-winner Dario Fo, Italian dramatist and Nobel Prize-winner  (1926-2016) Zygmunt Bauman, Polish sociologist (1925-2017) Ken Loach, Englisg film director Noam Chomsky, American linguist Saskia Sassen, Dutch sociologist Richard Sennett, American intellectual Harold Bloom, American literary critic Paul Preston, Historian and Hispanist António Lobo Antunes, Portuguese writer Ignacio Ramonet, French journalist   Johan Cruyff, ex-footballer Ronald Kasrils, South African writer Wuer Kaixi, Chinese dissident dissident Hu Jia, Chinese blogwriter Tariq Ali, Pakistani activist Ambler Moss, former USA ambassador Andrea Camilleri, Italian writer escriptor i director teatral italià Colm Tóibín, Irish writer Bill Shipsey, founder of Amnesty International Peter Sís, writer an illustrator Bořek Šípek, Czech architest (1949-2016) Saúl Hernández, Mexican musician Pēteris Vasks, Latvian composer Mārtiņš Brauns, Latvian composer