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People In Catalonia Explain Why They Want Independence From Spain

"Because we are a pacifist country and we want to be free."

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 2:19 p.m. ET

Posted on October 12, 2017, at 6:19 a.m. ET

Earlier this month Catalonia voted to leave Spain in a referendum that Madrid declared illegal, and on Tuesday Catalonia's president suspended a declaration of independence from Spain.

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Many Catalans, however, are still hoping for the region to leave Spain. We asked them to share a message with the world.

1. "Because we don't want to belong to a country that justifies violence."

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2. "Because deep down we are right, American people know it. And Catalonia is going to declare unilateral independence."

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3. "Because we've been a culture for a millenium."

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4. "For dignity and respect to all cultures and ideologies."

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5. "Independence to change everything!"

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6. "Because we are a pacifist country and we want to be free."

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7. "For Catalan countries free and anti-capitalist."

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8. "The dignity of a people is above any constitution or law."

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9. "Because we have been asking to be heard for many years, now it's time to go!!!"

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10. "We have our own right to decide our future without violence, without anyone hitting us for that."

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11. "Because we have our own identity. Because they have dismissed us all our life."

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12. "Freedom of expression. Catalan state recognized. Democracy. We don't have anything against Spanish people. We just want to make our own way."

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