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Action for the Republic (Catalonia)

Action for the Republic
Acció per la República
AbbreviationAxR
PresidentAraceli Esquerra
SpokespersonAurora Madaula
Founded10 July 2018 (2018-07-10) (JuntsxRep)
28 November 2019 (2019-11-28) (AxR)
HeadquartersC/ Sancho de Ávila, 176, bjs.
08018, Barcelona
IdeologyCatalan independence[1]
Republicanism[1]
Ecologism[1]
Feminism[1]
Progressivism[1]
Unilateralism[1]
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationTogether for Catalonia (2017) (2019–20)
Together for Catalonia (2020) (2020–present)
Colors  Pink
  Violet
SloganLa veu de la independència
("The voice of independence")
Parliament of Catalonia
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Website
www.acciorepublica.cat

Action for the Republic (Catalan: Acció per la República, AxR) is a Catalan nationalist and progressive political party in Catalonia, founded by independent deputies of the Parliament of Catalonia grouped into the Together for the Republic (Catalan: Junts per la República, JuntsxRep) internal current within the Together for Catalonia (JxCat) alliance. The party defines itself ideologically as independentist, republican, ecologist, feminist and progressive, and has the Dutch Democrats 66 party as its ideological referent. It advocates for a "broad republican and patriotic front" together with other pro-independence parties while supporting "a policy of rupture".[1][2]

Notable party members include former Catalan minister and city councillor in Barcelona Ferran Mascarell and historian Agustí Colomines.[2]

History

The party has its roots in the "Together for the Republic" (Catalan: Junts per la República) internal current within the Together for Catalonia (JxCat) parliamentary group in the Parliament of Catalonia,[1] which had been established in March 2018 by unaligned deputies Elsa Artadi, Eduard Pujol, Josep Riera, Aurora Madaula and Antoni Morral.[3] Among the current's political initiatives was a proposal in March 2019 for both JxCat and Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) to form a single, unitary parliamentary group in both chambers of the Cortes Generales.[4]

The transformation of the Together for the Republic current into a political party was announced on 25 July 2019,[1] with its founding process starting in November 2019.[2] The party has explicitly rejected the reorganization of the post-Democratic Convergence of Catalonia's space around the Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT),[5] instead defending former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's "legitimacy" to take over the leadership of the Catalan pro-independence cause,[1] with many AxR members having also joined Puigdemont's National Call for the Republic (CNxR).[2] On 1 July 2020, AxR advocated for the JxCat alliance to be transformed into a platform comprising the CNxR, independent collectives as well as itself,[6][7] just hours before Puigdemont's announcement of a new political party to be publicly presented on 25 July.[8]

On 19 July 2020, AxR held an extraordinary assembly where it voted in favour of urging party members to "individually" join Puigdemont's new Together for Catalonia and "actively participate in the process of constituting the new party".[9][10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Junts per la República se transforma en el partido Acció per la República". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. EFE. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Pardo Torregrosa, Iñaki (30 November 2019). "Acció per la República inicia su proceso fundacional". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Junts per la República, nueva asociación de diputados independientes de JxCat". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. EFE. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. ^ Pardo Torregrosa, Iñaki (21 March 2019). "Junts per la República pide un grupo único a JxCAT y ERC en el Congreso y el Senado". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  5. ^ Quitian, Sergi (17 February 2020). "Acció per la República pide abrir la participación de JxCat a todos sus actores". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  6. ^ Forment i Bori, Cèlia (1 July 2020). "Acció per la República reivindica el liderazgo de Puigdemont en JxCat". El Nacional (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Acció per la República se sumarà al nou partit de Puigdemont" (in Catalan). VilaWeb. ACN. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  8. ^ Quitian, Sergi (2 July 2020). "Puigdemont hace oficial que su nuevo partido nacerá el 25 de julio". La Vanguardia 1location=Barcelona (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Comunicat després de l'assemblea general extraordinària d'Acció". www.acciorepublica.cat (in Catalan). Action for the Republic. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Junts per Catalunya, el partit". www.acciorepublica.cat (in Catalan). Action for the Republic. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
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