More than 150 intellectuals and artists, such as Almodóvar, Banderas or Savater, sign a manifesto that supports the delivery of weapons to Ukraine
More than 150 Spanish intellectuals, artists and professionals from different sectors have signed the manifesto ‘For peace. Get Russian troops out of Ukraine’. The text denounces Vladimir Putin as “responsible for the invasion of Ukrainian territory” and calls for joining efforts to stop it.
Among the signatories are Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas, Antonio López, Javier Cercas, Luis García Montero, Cristina Peri Rossi, winner of the last Cervantes; José Sacristán, Marisa Paredes, José Coronado, Luis Tosar, Ian Gibson, Miguel Ríos, Juan José Millás, Javier Marías, Juan Echanove, Miguel del Arco, Silvia Munt, Mariano Barroso, Vicente Molina Foix, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, José Luis Gómez, Inka Martí, José Manuel Blecua, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Rosa Montero, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón or Fernando Savater, among other well-known faces of culture.
There are also personalities from other fields such as the former mayor Manuela Carmena, the founder of the National Transplant Organization, Rafael Matesanz, or the former anti-corruption prosecutor Carlos Jiménez Villarejo.
Promoted by the Recortes Cero platform, it was presented at the headquarters of the Association of European Journalists in Madrid. Professor and writer Fanny Rubio read the manifesto to stop the invasion even with the delivery of weapons to Ukraine. The text asks the European Union to “redouble diplomatic activity seeking international intermediaries of the first order” and advocates expanding humanitarian aid and the reception of refugees, “without limits in number, time, or spending.”
The signatories support economic sanctions “which can help to isolate, curb and stop Putin and the Russian oligarchs.” It supports the initiatives that contribute to the self-defense of the Ukrainian people and the defense of their country, “including the shipment of weapons demanded by the attacked country.” A controversial section that raised doubts, although Joanen Cunyat, head of communication, said that all the signatories “have read the points and agree.”
Lastly, it is requested that the economic, social and political consequences of the war “do not increase inequality and precariousness in our country.” The text says that “the costs must fall on those who accumulate the most benefits and wealth.”
“All democratic and peace-loving people must denounce the invasion and defend Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We must help the population punished by the war in solidarity, and unreservedly support the Ukrainian people in their struggle for their independence and freedom,” says the document that can be signed online on the page www.pazenukrania.es, self-financed with contributions of those who support it.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.