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Announced today, the platform Tsunami Democràtic (literally, "democratic tsunami") aims to promote "non-violence and civil disobedience" in response to the sentences in the cases following the 2017 independence referendum.

The initiative, promoted by figures from politics and civil society, warns that the upcoming sentences from the Supreme Court could "aggravate even further" the "disorientation and frustration accumulated by the consequences of [Spain's] repression". 

In a statement presenting itself, Tsunami Democràtic says that "everything's at stake" arguing the need to "get moving". "We'll do it peacefully, with serenity and conviction. We'll do it democratically, with determination and in an organised manner," the manifesto says.

They propose using "non-violence and civil disobedience as transformative strategies". "No violence, but all determination," they emphasise.

The campaign got underway this Monday on social media, receiving immediate support from presidents Carles Puigdemont and Quim Torra, political prisoners Oriol Junqueras, and a wide range of other figures. It has no public faces, wanting supporters to be the "protagonists [of this] new wave".

Translation: "We have to take back the initiative, and in all areas. This is a good, intelligent way [to do so]. Our commitment to non-violence makes use stronger, let nobody doubt it." 

"Rights, if not exercised, lose sense. The defence of democracy and our civil, political and social rights, including the right to self-determination, has to be made every day. We're committed to it" 

"Junqueras: Voting is not a crime! Democracy will prevail over everything and we're ??? to defend it! Always!" 

"As we came out to defend the ballot boxes and the right to vote, we will come out in defence of democracy and exercising our rights and liberties as many times as necessary. Holding a referendum is no crime. Defending independence, neither."

"Tsunami warning" 

"Against the hurricanes of repression, democratic tsunamis. Welcome Tsunami Democràtic to respond democratically and peacefully to a historic injustice."