LIGHTING THE PYRENEES FOR THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION OF PEOPLES
We will simultaneously light up over 300 peaks throughout the Pyrenees on July 2, 2022. Using special lanterns and beacons, we will create a line of light that will travel across the Pyrenees, to vindicate the right of self-determination of peoples.
A JOINT CATALAN AND BASQUE MOBILIZATION
The initiative is inspired by previous mobilizations, such as ‘Llum i llibertat’ which illuminated 131 peaks of the Montserrat mountain (2019), and its counterpart in the Basque Country that illuminated emblematic Basque mountains such as Aiako Harria, Txindoki or Anboto (2019), or the ‘Cims per la llibertat’ mobilization (2018).
A MASSIVE COOPERATIVE CHALLENGE
The project will be a great challenge made to last in our memories, intertwining activism and artistic creation. A political and poetic story that will become a great image.
Some peaks will only be suitable for experienced climbers, yet a large part of the peaks will be open to the participation of all kinds of hikers. Each summit will be a collective challenge based on cooperation, always keeping in mind the safety of the participants.
Respect for the environment will be key in this project. Therefore, participants will go through a registration system designed to avoid overcrowding.
SELF-DETERMINATION AND FULL SOVEREIGNTY
We will call the attention of the international community to a just cause, in favor of the right to self-determination of the peoples. We want to express our rejection of imposed borders, repression and the anti-democratic obstacles that seek to prevent the materialization of the democratic will of our peoples.
In Catalonia and the Basque Country, we aspire to full sovereignty, to freely decide our future and to make it a reality. We share aspirations of sovereignty and freedom with other peoples of Europe, and we demand that our voices be heard and ask for respect for our respective peoples, respect for the democratic will expressed by a parliamentary majority, and also when it speaks in favor of independence and the creation of a new state.
LIGHT AGAINST YEARS OF POLITICAL REPRESSION
For over four years, Spanish authorities have waged a systematic campaign of repression against the Catalan movement for self-determination, starting in 2017, with the Catalan independence referendum, which included pretrial detention and prison sentences of up to 13 years for 9 Catalan civil and political leaders. Over 3,300 peaceful activists and government officials have since faced persecution, and Catalan elected representatives have been blocked from taking office in democratic institutions, including the European Parliament.
Similarly, Basque civil society has been the target of Spanish authorities, by persecuting political dissent. The illegalization of the newspapers Egin and Egunkaria and several political parties; and cases such as the lack of a fair trial in the 2012 Betaragune case (as sentenced by the ECHR) or the 2016 Altsasu incident –8 youths who faced terrorism charges and were imprisoned after a bar fight with off-duty Spanish police officers– still show the Spanish judiciary’s obsession with persecuting the will for self-determination of the Basque people.