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From Perceval Press: Viggo & Catalan


Source: Perceval Press.
Found By: ollie
Categories: Politics

Thanks to ollie for the find. Viggo has something to say regarding his recent affiliation to Òmnium Cultural.


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Hace más o menos un mes decidí hacerme miembro de Òmnium Cultural. Lo hice por el interés que siento por la función original de esta asociación, que era en 1961 y sigue siendo hoy, al margen de su creciente lado político, la reivindicación de la lengua, cultura y derechos civiles de Cataluña. Esto quedó claro (al menos para mí) en el texto que Òmnium Cultural publicó anunciando que yo me sumaba como miembro: "¡Bienvenido a la familia de Òmnium, Viggo Mortensen! Es un honor que des apoyo a la entidad que trabaja por la cultura, la lengua y los derechos civiles de Catalunya".

Seguro que los españoles saben mejor que yo que después del fin de la dictadura de Franco se recuperaron libertades culturales y políticas en su país, incluida Cataluña. Quizás saben también que Òmnium Cultural ha seguido, desde la Transición, fomentando la normalización del uso del idioma catalán y su equiparación al uso del castellano, y de las tradiciones y celebraciones propias de Cataluña. Me parece una labor importante, y le recomiendo a cualquier persona interesada en el multiculturalismo que le eche un vistazo.

Desde que fue anunciado que yo pertenecía a esa organización, se me ha identificado como "independentista". Sabía que el tema de la identidad catalana dentro de España es muy complicado, y que mi vínculo con Òmnium Cultural podría tacharme de ser parte del movimiento secesionista, pero lo cierto es que nunca me he pronunciado a favor del independentismo catalán. He dicho públicamente que pienso que los catalanes tienen derecho a decidir como quieren ser representados y gobernados, como han hecho los ciudadanos de Québec y Escocia, dentro de un marco legal.

Las banderas, las fronteras y los pasaportes no me importan un carajo. Bueno, la bandera del Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, la de los Canadiens de Montréal, y la del Real Madrid Club de Fútbol sí que me gustan, pero nunca mataría a nadie por ellas. Tengo pasaporte porque lo necesito para viajar libremente, pero no soy partidario de los nacionalismos -ni del español, el catalán, el estadounidense, danés, argentino, ni el de ningún grupo humano. Sé de dónde vengo y me interesa aprender de dónde vienen los demás. A dónde iremos no se puede saber.

Me intereso por Cataluña como me intereso por Andalucía, León o Madagascar. No se me preguntó si eran ciertas las recientes afirmaciones en algunos medios y en las redes sociales de que yo apoyaba una secesión de Cataluña; simplemente se ha escrito y dicho, y parece que ya es un hecho para muchos lectores. También -y esto me produce más tristeza y enojo que las mentiras y la bajeza moral de muchos de los comentarios- cuando se me han achacado ciertas convicciones se ha dado por hecho que mi pareja tiene que pensar lo mismo que yo, algo impropio de esta época.

Por otro lado, no pienso dejar de ser miembro de Òmnium a causa de los insultos personales y las mentiras propagadas por gente tendenciosa o mal informada. Como bien dijo Albert Camus, "todas las desgracias de los hombres provienen de no hablar claro". Espero haberlo hecho en esta ocasión.

Visca Catalunya y Hala Madrid.

-Viggo Mortensen

© Viggo Mortensen/Perceval Press. Images © Getty.

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Actor Viggo Mortensen joins pro-independence Catalan group


Source: thelocal.es
Categories: Politics


As is his way ... Viggo takes a stand.



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American actor Viggo Mortensen, known for playing Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has become a member of pro-independence Catalan association Omnium Cultural, the organisation said Thursday.

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"The Omnium family is getting bigger and bigger, and from today, we have the honour to count on the support of actor Viggo Mortensen as a new member," the group said on Twitter in a post re-tweeted by an account of the actor.

The 59-year-old, who grew up in Argentina and currently lives in Madrid, is in a relationship with Catalan actress Ariadna Gil.

Last year, he came out in favour of an independence referendum in Catalonia, which took place on October 1 despite a court ban.

Founded in 1961 to promote the Catalan language and culture that were then being severely repressed by dictator Francisco Franco, Omnium has in the past years become a major actor in the region's secession movement, organising huge protests along with the ANC, another pro-independence group.

Its current president, Jordi Cuixart, has been in jail since mid-October, accused of rebellion for his role in the region's failed secession bid.

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Viggo in New York this Summer


Source: City Parks Foundation.
Found By: Chrissie


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One for the calendar (particularly if you live in New York)

"The People Speak" Filming - Boston 1.8.08.
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August 28 at 8pm

Voices of A People's History featuring Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gómez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more at Central Park.

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Voices of A People's History

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 7:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park
Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

featuring Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gomez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more.


We are excited to collaborate with VOICES, a non-profit arts, education and social justice organization originally founded by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, who together edited the book Voices of a People's History of the United States, which brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery, protesting war, creating unions, advancing women's rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. Five SummerStage VOICES programs will feature contemporary artists and authors who will use events, music and words from our nation's history as inspiration for new discussions. The series will culminate in Central Park on August 28 with live readings, dialogue, and celebration with very special guests. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—SummerStage and VOICES seek to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.

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Celebrities Criticize Trump Cuts to Palestinian Refugees


Source: U.S. News.
Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Politics


Thanks to Iolanthe for the find. Viggo takes a stand.


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Hugh Grant, Viggo Mortensen among celebrities, others denouncing Trump's cut of funds to UN Palestinian refugee agency.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing "horror" over President Donald Trump's decision to cut funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, an advocacy group said Thursday.

"The real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves," the group said in a joint statement. "It has been launched with the clear aim of dismantling their rights, by dismantling the institution that is charged with protecting them."

Actresses Gillian Anderson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton were also among the signatories.

The letter was released by the Hoping Foundation, a London-based group that assists Palestinian children.

Expressing frustration with a freeze in Mideast peace efforts, Trump this month blamed the Palestinians for the deadlock and threatened to cut U.S. funding. Washington subsequently suspended a $65 million payment to UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides education, health care and other social services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants scattered across the Middle East.

On Thursday, Trump said in Davos, Switzerland, that the Palestinians must return to peace talks to receive U.S. aid money.

The United States is the largest single donor to UNRWA, and the agency has launched a global fund-raising appeal in hopes of closing the gap. In all, it provides hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the Palestinians.

"We stand for dignity for the most vulnerable, and we stand with Palestinian refugees who are facing a terrible moment," the statement said. The celebrities called on the U.N. chief to convene a conference to establish a stable funding system for the agency.

Meanwhile, the leaders of 21 international humanitarian groups urged the U.S. to reconsider its decision to withhold the funding to UNRWA, warning of "dire consequences" if funding is cut.

The groups said they are alarmed by the Trump administration's link between aid and political objectives.

This marks a "dangerous and striking departure from U.S. policy on humanitarian assistance," the groups wrote in an open letter to Washington's U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, published Thursday.

Haley has linked aid to the Palestinians to their willingness to resume negotiations with Israel.

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How long are we going to continue to put up with Trump before we have had enough and REMOVE him from office? I, for one, have had more than enough!


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This message expresses my thoughts only, and in no way reflects the beliefs or thoughts of Viggo Mortensen or anyone else for that matter.

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