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25 October 2017

Manifesto against 155 and open letter against the violation of the laws of the EU

A short time ago, Thierry Geoffroy told us in an interview that emergencies are replacing the contemporary. Emergencies, states of emergency.

Spotlight is born as a section from which we may respond to this situation. The gravity of the situation in Catalonia is an example of this new scenario of continuous emergency, of a permanent state of emergency that is leading Spain, and also Europe and the world at large, into a very dangerous zone where if we do not react soon, ultimately what are called into question are individual and collective human rights in the name of ‘safety’, ‘order’ and ‘legality’. From the field of culture we have a lot to say. We shall begin by echoing the manifesto signed by the Executive Committee of the Council for Culture in Barcelona Town Hall, Manifest155_Comite Executiu Consell Cultura_CAT, and the open letter from academicians, intellectuals and politicians before a situation that is worsening by the day.

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