Public Statement - Democratic Values

Public statement from Penya Blaugrana London, as approved by members at the last General Assembly

  1. Penya Blaugrana London firmly and unambiguously respect and defend basic democratic values and human rights principles, such as freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, and right to fair trial among others.
  2. The penya recognises the right to decide of the Catalan people. This is not about taking sides on pro- or anti-independence, but about supporting basic democratic principles as claimed by over 80% of the Catalan population.
  3. The penya condemns the heavy-handed approach of the Spanish government against the Catalan people, politicians and institutions these last few weeks.

 

Rationale 

The slogan "more than a club" was pinned in 1968 to describe the fact that FCB represented more than a football club to Catalans. For many years in the 20th century, Catalans lived under the shadow of dictatorships and repression that persecuted its people, language, culture and historic values. During these hard times, FCB always sided with the Catalan struggle and sentiments to maintain the flame of catalanity alive.

The penya, as an organisation that represents FCB in London, should always be true to the meaning of "more than a club", and should above all defend and promote democratic values and basic human right principles, and issue condemnations when violations occur, especially when against the Catalan people. Let's remember, FCB is a Catalan club. And is "mes que un club" for a reason.

In our view, the recent heavy-handed and draconian actions against the Catalan people and institutions these last few weeks have unfortunately surpassed the realms of politics, and could be argued have now entered the realms of state repression (see contextual information below).

Visit to Penya Pineda de Mar

Penya Members Peter Morgan Byrne and Caroline malin visiting PENYA PINEDA DEL MAR after beating Getafe away

Trobada de Penyes and Gamper Events

Penya Blaugrana London attended the traditional summer trobada de penyes in Barcelona and the Gamper troffey celebrations.

Signed Koeman present

Ronal Koeman, the hero of Wembley's 92 European final, gave a signed picture to Penya Blaugrana London of the boots he used in that final.

Great work from Aly Mir in getting this present!

Press Notice - Penya Blaugrana London - El Mundo

Penya Blaugrana London would like to clarify the misleading headline of the article published in the “El Mundo” Newspaper on 18th May 2017:

http://www.elmundo.es/cronica/2017/05/18/5916d6a222601dbc448b46e6.html

FC Barcelona recently adhered to the national pact for the referendum, which supports the "right to decide" of the Catalan people in a democratic referendum. "El Mundo" approached Penya Blaugrana London and other penyes to enquire about our views on this.

The headline of the article incorrectly implies that Penya Blaugrana London is against the right of the Catalan people to vote in a referendum. This headline sadly brings to light the misleading and manipulatory tactics of some newspapers to score cheap political points in the Catalan debate.

The position of Penya Blaugrana London is that while we respect all opinions, we do not have an official position on this debate.  However, a “no-position” in no way constitutes a pronunciation against the referendum, as the article implies. It can only be understood as the fact that members of Penya Blaugrana London have a variety of views on the subject of Catalan self-determination, and we believe these political views are better discussed outside of the penya.

In light of this article, we also would like to make clear that Penya Blaugrana London profoundly respects all positions in the Catalan debate, including FC Barcelona adherence to the national pact, and the right of Catalans to decide. Moreover, while we have no official position on the debate, we are firm believers in democratic values and therefore we hope this situation will be resolved soon according to the democratic standards of our society.

Sevilla match

Happy faces again at Penya Blaugrana London defeating Sevilla 3-0 in a crutial match to win La Liga title today, with a goal from Suárez and two from Messi in 8 minutes.

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