WorldPeople In Catalonia Explain Why They Want Independence From Spain"Because we are a pacifist country and we want to be free."By by Kassy ChoBuzzFeed News Reporter and by Ryan BroderickBuzzFeed News ReporterReporting FromBarcelona, SpainPosted on October 12, 2017, 10:19 amTwitterFacebookLink 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. View this post on Facebook Facebook: video.php 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." Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 2. "Because deep down we are right, American people know it. And Catalonia is going to declare unilateral independence." Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed 3. "Because we've been a culture for a millenium." Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 4. "For dignity and respect to all cultures and ideologies." Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed 5. "Independence to change everything!" Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed 6. "Because we are a pacifist country and we want to be free." Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 7. "For Catalan countries free and anti-capitalist." Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed 8. "The dignity of a people is above any constitution or law." Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 9. "Because we have been asking to be heard for many years, now it's time to go!!!" Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 10. "We have our own right to decide our future without violence, without anyone hitting us for that." Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 11. "Because we have our own identity. Because they have dismissed us all our life." Kassy Cho / BuzzFeed 12. "Freedom of expression. Catalan state recognized. Democracy. We don't have anything against Spanish people. We just want to make our own way." Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed Kassy ChoBuzzFeed News ReporterKassy Cho is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.Contact Kassy Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org.Got a confidential tip? 👉 Submit it hereRyan BroderickBuzzFeed News ReporterContact Ryan Broderick at email@example.com.