Tag Archives: Catalonia

Puigdemont appeals for international help to restore democracy in Catalonia

Britain’s youngest MP, Mhairi Black, has damned the EU for doing nothing about Madrid’s controversial response to the recent Catalan independence referendum. And she says “we should all be outraged”. A Belgian judge, meanwhile, has released Catalan President Carles Puigdemont … Continue reading

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Spanish ‘inquisition’ document blames Julian Assange and Yoko Ono for independence vote

As Catalan President Carles Puigdemont spoke at a press conference in Brussels, details emerged of a Madrid document that partly blames the current crisis in Spain on a number of well known people from around the world. The Spanish government … Continue reading

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Catalan independence is declared. Experts argue that direct rule by Madrid is illegal.

The government of Catalonia has now declared independence from Spain, in a move that’s likely to shake Europe to its core. The vote for independence was by a huge majority of 70 for to 10 against; although the opposition boycotted the … Continue reading

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Spanish minister tells BBC that police violence is ‘fake news’, but 155 videos show otherwise

BBC host Andrew Marr interviewed Spain’s Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, on his show on 22 October. He asked the minister about the police violence that took place in Catalonia during its recent independence referendum. And astonishingly, Dastis responded by suggesting that much … Continue reading

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Spain’s PM opts for direct rule for Catalona, but Catalans decide otherwise

On Saturday 21 October, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that the Madrid government will impose direct rule on Catalonia and that the entire Catalan government will be sacked. Rajoy also said that new elections will take place in Catalonia … Continue reading

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To understand why millions of Catalans want independence, just read the king’s speech [TWEETS]

On 1 October, a Catalonian referendum for independence took place in Spain. But Madrid responded with violence. And there is even a report [Spanish] that the Spanish government has deployed the army to Catalonia. Although you would think, given the … Continue reading

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Catalans reinvent their revolutionary past to take direct action in the name of democracy

Spain’s Constitutional Court has banned Catalonia’s independence referendum, but the Catalan authorities have approved and scheduled it for 1 October. Spanish police, meanwhile, have seized 10 million ballot papers. But the people of Barcelona, and Catalans generally, have a long history … Continue reading

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