Archbishop Tutu’s gratitude to the Catalan people – 15 May 2014

Statement from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu following the conferment of the Catalonia International Prize

CAPE TOWN: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has expressed gratitude and love to the Catalan people following the announcement by the Catalan Government that he has been awarded the 26th Catalonia International Prize.

“I am very privileged to have been exposed over the years to a group of exceptionally knowledgable and gifted activists, involved in issues of social justice across the world. It has been my honour to support their righteous causes.

“The award of the Catalonia Peace Prize to me for contributing to social justice in fact acknowledges this group of special people, on whose shoulders I have proverbially sat. To my fellow activists, my leaders, the glory.”

Archbishop Tutu added a word of advice to Catalans and Spaniards, in the context of the referendum later this year on Catalonia’s possible independence.

“If the people of Catalonia feel strongly that they want their independence then it is far better for the Government of Spain to listen to them rather than force them into a relationship that they do not want,” he said.

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