Aragonese nationalism. Gaspar Torrente. 5th December 1919.
The existence of an Aragonese nationalist spirit is undeniable, in the same way that it is also undeniable that there are a people who have the surname Aragon and enjoy –although it may not be recognised– a well defined and individual personality.
By looking at our very patriotic affirmation, there will be someone who will make an ironic gesture and will search in vain for the representation of Aragonese nationalism, because apparently, the manifestation of our national feeling would not appear anywhere, if it were not for the modern publications that we edit.
It is really true; but let us not forget that we, the men of today are not the men who must make this representation from the collective personality. We have a History, the history of Aragon, and from this it is not difficult to see the affirmation of our character and the existence of our race.
The Aragonese nationalist feeling is maintained and manifests itself as a living symbol, which is our flag, a barred flag, which the sons of our homeland have maintained and we will never tolerate that anyone ever abuses it. Carrying it unfurled across the seas, expanding its own liberating and civilising influence, respecting and observing the already established freedom, the Catalan flag and our barred standard in brotherly union, joined through intimate agreement; history does not remember anything like it.
The affirmation of our nationalist character, the collective feel of the Aragonese, should be manifested by accentuating it more every time, the wish to show the world and civilisation now, that we are and want to be a dignified people, rejecting all trivialities and intimate rights that have channelled us in a splendid fashion, into a false aura of cruel people, made up from stubborn men without any civilisation or culture, subjected to the veneration of a series of anachronisms...
By hiding our character, it is like hiding our own soul, denying our life, drowning our existence...
Aragon, as a free people, as an educated people, full of glory and wealth cannot, and must not hide in oblivion, it is necessary that it moves, gets inspiration, changes from its past lost freedom into the modern day one.
At the time of writing this we find ourselves on the eve of the taking part in the regionalist Assembly which must resolve and pass judgement on all this, but whatever the Assembly agrees will not be valid if the Aragonese, all of us, do not take up what is agreed ourselves and unselfishly spread it and maintain it as a vocational doctrine.
I repeat, our nationalist manifestation, is in our own spirit when declaring ourselves Aragonese by birth. Long live the freedom of Aragon!