Artur Mas, the leader of the CiU party has today called for elections in September in response to the ruling against the Estatut by the TC (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Mas said, "If before there were reasons for change, there are more now". He felt the need to articulate a clear response as soon as possible, which was the call for regional elections scheduled for the autumn are called for September. Mas went on to point out that Catalunya needs a new government for other reasons such as high rates of unemployment, increased poverty, school failure and youth unemployment. He was quoted as saying "These points now join the political situation created by the failure of the TC". In a press conference at the headquarters of the Democratic Union, together with his leader, Josep Antoni Duran Lleida, Mas spoke "needing a strong government with a clear leadership that is cohesive and serious". Mas, went on to remind that Catalans can make their voice heard, not only in demonstrations, but at the polls in the coming elections.
The demonstration is set to start at 6pm from the Diagonal-Passeig de Gràcia on July 10th marching under the motto of "Nosaltres decidim, som una nació" (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). All Catalan parties, except the PPC and Ciutatdans, trade unions and social organisations led by Òmnium Cultural have called for a demonstration to take place on July 10th in Barcelona against the ruling of the TC. At a press conference the president of Òmnium Cultural, Muriel Casals, the event already has a list of acceptances that will grow in the coming days. She explained that here organisation, which is has one of largest members of Catalunya has long been preparing for this event and said that it was "unfortunate that we have reached this day". The former president of Òmnium, Jordi Porta, recalled that the institution had previously announced that it would accept any decision but emphasised that it would "mean an attack on the most elementary democratic principles." He went on to say that "We are told that justice has spoken and that is not true, because the TC and its verdict is a reflection of a political conflict and this has nothing to do with justice." Porta said, "I doubt that a demonstration will be sufficient, and we must begin to study more answers, especially institutional." From the outset, Òmnium, has the support of all parties that supported the statute which was adopted by the parliament, (CiU, PSC, ERC and ICV-EUiA) but also others, such as the Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) and the major trade unions, CCOO, UGT, Unió de Pagesos (UP) and CSC as well as the CECOT. From the unions, the UGT secretary general of Catalunya, Josep Maria Alvarez, stated in the same press conference that "this decision of the TC should not ever occurred." Alvarez called on citizens to participate in the demonstration and not stay at home and the act already has the explicit commitment of the Mesa del Parlament and former presidents of the Generalitat Jordi Pujol, Pasqual Maragall, Joan Rigol and Heribert Barrera. The president of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC), Salvador Giner said that the decision of the TC "violates the rights of the country" and considered that it "isn't acceptable" to the Academy of Catalan language and culture that the language is "not recognised as the preferred language" of Catalan.
Also in the news: Spain beat Portugal 1-0 thanks to a goal from David Villa in the second-half (read article in Castilian
, El Periodico).