Catalonia

11.10.2017

Catalonia: without independence but with dialogue

Catalonia: without independence but with dialogue

Catalonia suspends its declaration of independence. On the 10th of October 2017, Catalonia could have achieved a dream that generation after generation have been demanding as the right of a people, of a culture for more than 300 years. Something that seemed to be in the distant future has accelerated… »

02.10.2017

“Mr. Rajoy, thanks to you we are out of Spain… even though we didn’t want to be.”

“Mr. Rajoy, thanks to you we are out of Spain… even though we didn’t want to be.”

Criticisms of Mariano Rajoy’s administration for they way it has behaved during the referendum haven’t stopped coming all day from all over the world. The brutal force of the police and the civil guard that we saw yesterday in Catalonia; the refusal to dialogue with the different actors before, during… »

01.10.2017

Spain “loses” all sense of judgement in Catalonia

Spain “loses” all sense of judgement in Catalonia

As the day of the referendum advances in Catalonia, the state police contingent is intensifying its repression. Tear gas, rubber bullets, very strong aggression against young, old and even the injured who are hit again. The state police attack with excessive brutality.  Faced with such a situation, the massive rebellion… »

01.10.2017

Catalonia: the people’s peaceful response to police violence

Catalonia: the people’s peaceful response to police violence

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans queue up in the rain in front of polling stations to vote in the referendum on Catalonia’s independence.  This is a nonviolent demonstration, a sign of peaceful expression by a people who want to express themselves and break the siege of repression and the force… »

01.10.2017

State police try to stop the Catalan referendum wave

State police try to stop the Catalan referendum wave

Spanish state police forces burst in with violence first thing this morning, but the popular wave is very large and multi-centred.  There is a disparity of situations, in many places the atmosphere is festive while in others there are police charges. During the course of the day, various strategies are… »

01.10.2017

Spain tries everything to stop referendum, now with violence

Spain tries everything to stop referendum, now with violence

At the beginning everything went peacefully. Despite the rain, many people were waiting in front of polling stations at schools since the early morning.  General suffrage was announced this morning by the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs.  This will allow all citizens to vote, even if their polling stations… »

28.09.2017

Ada Colau asks the EU for help to mediate the conflict between the governments of Catalonia and Spain

Ada Colau asks the EU for help to mediate the conflict between the governments of Catalonia and Spain

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, sent a letter to 27 mayors of European Union capital cities, explaining the serious situation that Catalonia is going through after the interventions by the Spanish government, understanding that what is happening goes beyond a merely Spanish conflict and affects the whole of Europe.  She… »

22.08.2017

In Barcelona, Muslims demonstrate in their thousands against terrorism

In Barcelona, Muslims demonstrate in their thousands against terrorism

“We’re Muslims, not terrorists” Over 140 Muslim groups and associations from Barcelona and neighbouring areas participated in a gathering this Mondy in Plaza Catalunya in response to the attacks on Thursday 17th August in the Catalan capital and in Cambrils (Tarragona).  The event was organised under the slogan “The Muslim… »

10.01.2016

Catalonia’s would-be president wants independence process launched

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 Sunday. After months of infighting over who would lead Catalonia’s… »

23.09.2015

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

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 the relationship between Catalonia and the Spanish state was never… »

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