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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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Catalans prepare for confrontation as up to 16,000 riot police are deployed to thwart referendum

A referendum on independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia was approved by Catalan authorities, but declared illegal by Spain’s constitutional court. And in recent days, a clampdown on the referendum plans has seen more than 40 regional administrative offices … Continue reading

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