The cycle of conferences “Liberties and Repression” wanted to be a response and also a denunciation to the repressive drift we are living in Spain and Catalonia, with a crudeness unheard of since 1-O. It seems to us fundamental that the university and the civil society do not settle down. In all the days of the cycle we follow the same format: in the morning, a talk or debate in one of the faculties of the UdG and, in the afternoon, a round table in a cultural center in the city of Girona.
On the first day, two round tables were held:
Here you can find an interview made to Valtònyc by the magazine Mirall during his stay in Girona, an article by Agus Izquierdo published in Núvol, listen to the song for which she has been condemned (and the later song, as an answer). You can also read the article that led Jordi Galves to appear before the judge.
On this second day, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, we discussed non-violence and the evils of racism in our country. Two activities were organized:
On this third day, the need for an independent media in a democracy was discussed, with two round tables:
In this fourth daywe focus on the school environment and the educational function in a context of political crisis, with two round tables:
In this fifth day we focus on the action of the Spanish justice, with two round tables:
In this sixth daywe discussed how the Spanish left approaches the Catalan political situation and the impact of the Catalan case in the world, with two round tables.
Alfred de Zayas, Independent Expert of the United Nations on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, has publicly defended before the UN the right to the peaceful and democratic exercise of the right to self-determination of the Catalan people. Here you can read the report he has written on Catalonia, which he provided us with on the occasion of his visit to Girona. You can also read his documents “Self-determination as a key principle of international order” and “Four questions on Catalonia
In this seventh and last day of the cycle we talk about how the struggle for freedom should be approached, whether from prison, from exile or from civil society.
To this end, the round table “The fight for freedom” took place with the participation of Núria Cadenas (journalist and writer, a political figure in the late 80s), Marcel Mauri (vice-president of Òmnium Cultural), Lluís Puig (former Minister of Culture, in exile) and Josep Maria Fonalleras (writer). The event took place on Thursday, May 31st, at 12.00h, in the Sala de Graus of the Faculty of Letters of the UdG.
Afterwards, at 2 pm, a yellow lunch was held in the Cloister of the Faculty of Letters for the benefit of the Catalan Association for Civil Rights, which groups together families of political prisoners and exiles. The meal was a success in terms of the participation of the university community and Girona society in general. See here the photo album of the event.