catalan independence

The Right wins in Catalonia, but nationalists will form the government

Franco’s youth wing, Ciudadanos (Citizens), prevailed in the Catalan elections called after the Spanish government dissolved the autonomous government after its unilateral declaration of independence. With a very high turnout of almost 82% of the electorate, Citizens obtained 25.48% of…

Forbidden to vote, demonstrate or think: Enough is enough!

Catalonia is experiencing a political catastrophe with repercussions in all areas of society. Mariano Rajoy is preparing the ground to sow Article 155 based on a policy of lies. The last few months have seen the utmost tension in Catalonia,…

Tribulations in Catalonia: the empire strikes back

Diary of a mere mortal in Catalonia Tuesday, 17th of October, 2017.  Just when it seemed that the impasse was breaking; a short pause to allow everyone to take a breather…  Shazam!  The Spanish government imprisons two of the leaders…

Urgent: Forced takeover of Catalan government institutions by Spanish police

The people of Spain’s Catalan region are in the streets as the Spanish government suspends autonomy and seizes ballots ahead of upcoming referendum by Thomas S. Harrington for Common Dreams I just got of the phone with Josep Maria Sole…

‘Democracia’: 80,000 gather for Catalan pro-independence rally

About 80,000 took to the streets of Barcelona to once again demand independence from Spain and support ex-regional leader, Artur Mas, who is facing a lengthy ban from holding office, police said. People carried Catalan flags and banners demanding that…

Catalonia’s would-be president wants independence process launched

The potential future president of Spain’s autonomous Catalonia region has called for the process of independence from Spain to start. “We need… to start the process to set up an independent state in Catalonia,” Carles Puigdemont said in a speech to Catalonia’s regional parliament on…

Spanish Unity: A sacred and indissoluble marriage “by the grace of God”?

In recent days we have heard President Obama calling for Spanish Unity, as if he were acting as a matchmaker or a marriage broker, just as in the past we heard the same from General Franco. And it’s true that…