The cooperative SLB expresses its unconditional rejection of the state violence employed at many polling stations yesterday in Catalonia and particularly in our home of Barcelona, as well as of the curtailment of fundamental rights like freedom of expression and the right to free assembly.

We furthermore call for a negotiated solution for Catalonia, one which includes ALL Catalans and ALL those other citizens, like most of our members, who have come to live and work in Catalonia. This second group was excluded from yesterday’s referendum and we join other demands for this antidemocratic restriction to be lifted for future polls and elections.

Finally, in line with this position, SLB have answered calls for a general strike in Catalonia on October 3rd, 2017. All SLB activities, in-company classes etc. have been suspended for this date.

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