Letter from prison: Muriel, we miss you
Soto del Real, February 11th-14th, 2018
Muriel, I miss you.
Two years ago today you left and your mastery is more present than ever.
I remember one Saturday in April 2012, after having lunch at Teresa Rebull’s house, with Lluís, Anna and Michel, all half drunk by the emotion of the encounter, played to guess the future. We could smell the changes that the country would live and the empowerment of the people.
Six years later, today we need the sovereign political forces to assume the responsibility given to them by the ballot boxes. As you very well said on other occasions: “We would not understand that they wouldn’t reach an agreement”. It is imperative that, from empathy and generosity, we build bridges and paths of dialogue with everybody, and that, at the same time, this allows us to face, from the unity of all Democrats, the current scenario of repression that unfortunately will increase and affect all citizens. Every day more voices are emerging denouncing this nonsense, also little by little everywhere in the state. We will persist.
You should know that at Òmnium we are already close to 100,000 members and that far from falling into any impotent conformism, we continue to work to strengthen the feeling of collective belonging, from diversity, and without asking anybody to give up anything.
I recently received the Nadala from Monserrat Sans, Martí i Pol‘s widow; you can imagine how excited I was. The wise poet reminded us that this is the hand we have been dealt, and we can’t give it up: “Proudly or cowardly, when you feel the call to be part of the fight, like everyone else, because your place, can be filled only by you”. Bertolt Brecht said that “the greatest gift you can give to others is the example of your own life.”
And it is like this, Muriel: you gave us the greatest gift we could have ever imagined.
Always militant in tenderness, I have you engraved in my thoughts. Let’s love each other!
President d’Òmnium Cultural