Committees for the Defense of the Republic

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Committees for the Defence of the Republic
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Formation 2017
Focus Defend the Catalan Republic
Area served

The Committees for the Defence of the Republic (Catalan: Comitès de Defensa de la República), or CDR, previously named Committees for the Defence of the Referendum, are a network of assemblies that function on a local, regional and national level with the purpose to defend, at its creation, the Catalan independence referendum and later the Catalan Republic, from a pacifist and civil perspective. [1] The assemblies include members of social and cultural organisations, pro-independence parties and citizens who seek to organise themselves against the repression of the Spanish Government in each town and district.

The CDRs were born in September, 2017, as voluntary groups founded by a diverse collective of popular associations with the initial goal of collaborating with the realisation of the Catalan independence referendum (1-O), suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court. After the referendum, the Committees were the promoters of demonstrations against the Spanish police and organized several actions during the general strike of October 2017.[2][3]


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