Scottish Foreign Affairs Minister: massive demonstration in Barcelona “was a real proof of the people’s power”


Perth, Scotland (ACN).- The Scottish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, believes Scotland and Catalonia should have the right to decide on their own future. In an interview with CNA, Hyslop talked about the citizen demonstration held in Barcelona on the 10th of July that congregated between 1.1 and 1.5 million people (according to police and organisers, respectively). u201CHaving a million people demonstrating for independence is a very strong messageu201D she stated. Hyslop considered this massive civic claim to be u201Ca real demonstration of the peopleu2019s poweru201D. The Minister said that u201CCatalans should have the opportunity to decide their future in a referendumu201D for u201Cthe rest of the world to see that they want their own freedomu201D. She thinks that politicians and governments u201Ccannot stop people from deciding their futureu201D.

u201CIt is very important that politicians and people from all over the world recognise the right for self-determination and the peoplesu2019 opportunity to vote in a referendumu201D, Hyslop argued. She is the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Government headed by Alex Salmond, from the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP). Hyslop thinks that large states such as the United Kingdom or Spain cannot stop Scotland or Cataloniau2019s will to become independent states. u201CThe United Nations have always recognised the right to self-determination of peoplesu201D, stresses Hyslop.

Hyslop represented the UK in a European Council meeting last April in Barcelona because the UK Minister left his seat to her. Hyslop knows the relationship between Spain and Catalonia well. u201CI saw that, despite that the meeting was held in Catalonia, the Catalan Minister for Culture was not able to attend the European round table, as I didu201D, explains Hyslop. u201CI share the frustration of the Autonomous Communities, nations and regions that need to have their voice at the main European discussion tableu201D, she added.

The Scottish Minister for Foreign Affairs says that the UK would be incapable of stopping a referendum for Scotlandu2019s independence if a majority of citizens want one. According to Hyslop, u201Cpolitically speaking, it would be extremely dangerous for Londonu201D to deny the right to decide. u201CThe idea that people can reach independence with totally democratic and civic means, which do not require the use of any kind of violence, is extremely importantu201D, explains Hyslop. For the Foreign Affairs Minister, this is extremely important not only for the UK, Scotland, or Spain, but for international relations and the world in general.