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article image'Catalonia Calling': New reading for influential world figures

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By Anne Sewell     Oct 2, 2013 in World
Barcelona - A crowdfunding campaign, supported by Catalonia's President Artur Mas, is giving Catalans a chance to send out a personalized copy of a book explaining why Catalonia should be independent, to an influential person of their choice.
Through the campaign, ten thousand "influential people", whether world leaders like Barack Obama and Kim-Jong Un, or popular celebrities like Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga, are set to receive a copy of the book.
German chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese emperor Akihito and Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro are already going to receive a copy from Mas, among 200 or so chosen heads of state.
The book, "Catalonia Calling: The World Must Know" has been published in Catalan, English, French, German and Spanish.
The crowdfunding campaign is being run by Catalan magazine Sapiens (in Catalan) and offers a list of thousands of other key world figures who will receive a copy of the "Catalonia Calling" from anybody wishing to sponsor the €15 to have it delivered to them.
For €25, sponsors will also receive a copy themselves in Catalan, and for €50, they will receive a copy of the book in Catalan, a campaign T-shirt and a one-year free subscription to the Sapiens magazine.
To add to their choice, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, film stars Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney, Bolivian President Evo Morales are among many others listed on the website.
The new book commemorates the 300th anniversary of the siege of Catalonia in 1714 by the Spanish. Pro-independence advocates claim that that this invasion has repressed the region ever since.
The aim of the new campaign is to raise awareness to the historical reasons why Catalonia should be independent, rather than focusing on the financial crisis, which some critics claim is dragging Catalonia down along with Spain.
Sapiens magazine editor, Claudia Puyol told Voz Populi (in Catalan): "It’s one of the most decisive moments in our history.”
"The Catalan cause is one of the most unknown in the world," she added.
The above video, which unfortunately does not have English sub-titles, shows people in many areas of the world being asked if they know about Catalonia, and the resulting replies show that most of them have never heard of the region.
Related reading:
Video: Fascists attack Madrid's Catalan center on Catalonia Day
Catalans form human chain for independence from Spain (video)
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