Photo: The Orfeo Català (Credit: Vilaweb)
By Vilaweb Staff writers
February 25th, 2018
One hundred and fifty singers and members of the Orfeó Català have signed a manifesto rejecting the presence of the Spanish king, Felipe VI, at the Palau de la Música Catalana, where he will preside over the opening dinner of the Mobile World Congress. ‘The Palau de la Música Catalana has always been a symbol of the struggle for freedom and a key place for Catalanism. That is why we do not want it’s story to be sullied with the presence, this Sunday, of Philip of Bourbon,” reads the text.
The signatories are pleased that the mobile phone conference will be held in Barcelona and they say: ‘We are honored that the venue which we consider our home was selected for the inaugural dinner’, an event for which they welcome every citizen. However, they go on to write that this welcome cannot be extended to the King of Spain. “Not after the repression suffered during the referendum on the first of October and after the application of article 155.” They considered that his biggest misstep was his speech of October 3rd, 2017, “in which he sided with those commiting violence against the Catalan people ‘.
With this manifesto, the singers and members of the Orfeó Català are voicing their disagreement with Felipe VI’s presence. The promoters have since said they will give the name sof the signatories to the board of directors of the Orfeó.
Read the full manifesto here: