The letter (in Dutch and Frisian) calls on the Dutch government to insist emphatically that its Spanish colleagues allow the referendum on 1 October to be held in a free, honest and respectful way. The Catalonians will then be asked to vote with regard to the autonomy of Catalonia. Via the national police, the Spanish government is doing everything possible to hinder the preparations for the referendum and to make the work of the media impossible. Furthermore, Catalonian government officials and politicians have been threatened with legal action.
According to the FNP, these actions are in breach of the treaties of the European Union, the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights, as well as freedom of the press and freedom of speech. The FNP wants the inhabitants of Catalonia to be able to exercise their democratic rights freely. The letter calls on the Dutch government to ensure this.
FNP chairperson Corlienke de Jong: "Via its direct contacts with Catalonia and with other regional parties in Europe, the FNP has been kept informed of the appalling violation of various humanitarian and democratic values. We not only wish to show international solidarity with our allies of regional parties in Catalonia but also insist that the Dutch government addresses Spain with regard to the course of the referendum."