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Catalan Independence

The Catalan government and its allies continue to push for independence. Madrid says it will never allow Catalonia to secede.

Supreme Court Denies Oriol Junqueras Permission To Attend New Catalan Parliament

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ruled the former Deputy First Minister of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, must remain physically in prison on remand and may not be allowed out to attend sessions of the new Catalan Parlia... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court To Consider Podemos Motion Against Rajoy's Suspension Of Home Rule In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court announced on Wednesday that it would consider a motion filed by Podemos against Mariano Rajoy's decision to suspend home rule in Catalonia. At the end of October, Mr. Rajoy (PP) announced he... (Read full story).

Artur Mas Resigns As Chairman Of Catalan Separatist Party PDeCat, Citing Ongoing Legal Battles

NEWS: Former Catalan First Minister Artur Mas has announced his resignation as the chairman of the Catalan separatist party PDeCat. "My decision is to resign as chairman of the PDeCat", he said during a press conference, addi... (Read full story).

Spaniards Less Worried About Catalan Independence In December But National Angst Not Over Yet

NEWS: New data published by Spain's Sociological Research Centre (CIS) on Tuesday shows Spaniards were eight points less worried about the independence of Catalonia in December (16.7) than they were in November (24.6). The si... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Rules Former Catalan Deputy First Minister Must Remain In Prison On Remand

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras (ERC, Esquerra) and ruled he must remain in prison on remand, the court confirmed on Friday morning. Three senior jud... (Read full story).

Tourist Stays Fell 12.8% In Catalonia In Month Following Declaration Of Independence From Spain

NEWS: Overnight stays by tourists in Catalonia fell by more than 12% in November, new data published by the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed this week. In absolute figures, that is a drop of more than 750,000 visito... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Broadens Catalan Rebellion Investigation To Include Artur Mas And Five Others

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to broaden the probe into the process that led to a declaration of independence in Catalonia on October 27 and include former First Minister Artur Mas and five others in his in... (Read full story).

Separatists Hold On To Majority In Catalan Election

NEWS: The three Catalan separatist parties—Junts per Catalunya (previously PDeCat, previously CiU), Republican Catalan Left (Esquerra, ERC) and the CUP—held on to their small majority, as a block, in the regional parliament at t... (Read full story).

Catalan Election Taking Place Without Incident

NEWS: Voting is underway in the regional elections in Catalonia this Thursday, in a ballot called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the end of October after he sacked the previous regional government, led by Carles Puig... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Judge Withdraws European Arrest Warrant Against Carles Puigdemont And Four Others

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena issued a ruling on Tuesday morning ordering the withdrawal of the European Arrest Warrants against the former Catalan First Minister, Carles Puigdemont, and four other former regional mini... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Jails Forcadell, Speaker Of Catalan Parliament, On Remand Until She Pays €150,000 Bail

NEWS: A judge at the Supreme Court in Madrid set bail of €150,000 for the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell (Esquerra, ERC) on Thursday, the court confirmed at 10:30 p.m., after a series of individual hearings t... (Read full story).

150,000 Rail Passengers Affected During Day Of Protests Catalan Separatists Label A "Resounding Success"

NEWS: Separatist protestors caused chaos on Catalonia's roads and rail systems again on Wednesday, as thousands of demonstrators blocked roads and motorways throughout the day across the region, and invaded train tracks. Span... (Read full story).

31 Cars & 21 Bins Torched In Two Catalan Towns Overnight

NEWS: 31 cars and 21 large public bins were set alight in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Sabadell (population 207,000) and Blanes (39,000), the Catalan Fire Service confirmed to The Spain Report. Five incidents were re... (Read full story).

A Risk For Rajoy And An Opportunity For Separatists

EDITORIAL: Of three courts which have now heard from the former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and his former regional ministers, or from Speaker Carme Forcadell and the former members of her Speaker's Committee in s... (Read full story).

Puigdemont And Four Former Regional Ministers Now Detained In Brussels Pending Hearing Before Duty Judge

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont and the four former regional ministers with him in Brussels have now been detained for 24 hours while they wait for a preliminary European Arrest Warrant hearing before the duty judge, a spokesman for the... (Read full story).

Judge Issues European And International Arrest Warrants For Puigdemont, And Orders Him Jailed On Remand

NEWS: Judge Carmen Lamela issued European and international arrest warrants for Carles Puigdemont and four other former Catalan regional ministers on Friday evening, and ordered them to be imprisoned on remand without bail, the ... (Read full story).

Judge Jails Nine Former Catalan Regional Ministers, Prosecutor Asks For Warrant To Arrest Puigdemont

NEWS: The Public Prosecutor's Office has asked the investigating judge at the National High Court in Madrid to jail eight former Catalan regional ministers on remand, court reporters tweeted. The eight and their former region... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Disobeys Court By Staying In Brussels

NEWS: 15 of the 20 former Catalan leaders accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds—including the former Deputy First Minister, Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra, ERC)—showed up at the National High Court or Supreme Cour... (Read full story).

Statement From "Legitimate Catalan Government" Says Puigdemont Will Not Appear In Court In Madrid Tomorrow

NEWS: Catalan public television, TV3, published extracts from a statement from the "legitimate government of Catalonia" in Brussels on Wednesday evening that denounced the accusations presented against Carles Puigdemont and 13 o... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Still In Brussels After Judge Orders Him And 13 Former Regional Ministers To Court On Thursday Morning

NEWS: The National High Court in Madrid and the Supreme Court have both agreed to investigate the Public Prosecutor's accusations of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds against the former First Minister of Catalonia... (Read full story).

In Brussels, Puigdemont Says He Is Legitimate President Of Catalonia And Not Seeking Asylum In Belgium

NEWS: In a rambling press conference in four languages that started half-an-hour late, the former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont told reporters that he was the legitimate president of Catalonia and that he was no... (Read full story).

Catalan Separatist Parties Move To Accept New Regional Elections Within Constitution, Despite "New Republic"

NEWS: Separatist parties that took part in the independence vote on Friday in the Catalan parliament and celebrated the new Catalan Republic now mostly appear ready to accept the normal regional elections called by Spanish Prime... (Read full story).

Public Prosecutor Accuses Former Catalan Government Of Rebellion, Sedition And Misuse Of Public Funds

NEWS: The Director of Public Prosecutions, José Manuel Maza, made a brief public statement on Monday morning to announce his office is filing accusations against the former Catalan government and the Speaker's Committee of the C... (Read full story).

Pablo Iglesias Orders Take Over Of Podemos Catalonia After Anticapitalist Sector Recognises Catalan Republic

NEWS: Podemos has decided to take control of its Catalan branch, Podem, and order a regional grassroots ballot to decide the party's position in the upcoming regional elections, called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy usi... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Has Not Given Up: Appears In Pre-Recorded Message To Say Catalans Must Keep Building Republic

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont—[officially sacked][1] as First Minister of Catalonia in the early hours of Saturday morning—appeared in a pre-recorded video message on Catalan public television, TV3, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. He ann... (Read full story).

Catalan Government Ceases To Exist As Rajoy Publishes Long List Of Dismissals & Closure Of Catalan "Embassies"

NEWS: Until the new regional elections have taken place, there is now no Catalan government. Its functions have all been assumed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and other... (Read full story).

Home Secretary Sacks Catalan Police Chief Trapero

NEWS: The Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has used Article 155 powers to sack Catalan Police (Mosso) chief Josep Lluis Trapero. The decision was published in Spain's official gazette (BOE) in the early hours of Saturday m... (Read full story).

Rajoy Sacks Entire Catalan Government, Dissolves Catalan Parliament And Calls Elections For December 21

NEWS: The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, made a statement on Friday evening regarding the central government's response to Catalonia's declaration of independence earlier in the day. Mr. Rajoy said the central governm... (Read full story).

Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain

NEWS: The Catalan Parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on Friday afternoon, with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and 2 blank, in a 135-member chamber. The Speaker, Carme Forcadell, read out part of the resolutio... (Read full story).

Separatist Parties Register Motion To Declare Independence Of Catalonia In Regional Parliament

NEWS: Catalan separatist parties—Junts Pel Sí ("Together For Yes") and the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy)—have registered a motion to declare the independence of Catalonia in the regional parliament. A copy of the document pub... (Read full story).

Dovish Catalan Business & Knowledge Minister Santi Vila Resigns, Signalling Further Shift Towards Independence

NEWS: Catalonia's dovish regional business and knowledge minister, Santi Vila, announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he had resigned. "My attempts at dialogue have failed once more", said Mr. Vila: "I hope to have been ... (Read full story).

King Felipe Cancels Attendance At Awards Dinner To Stay In Palace Due To Unfolding Situation In Catalonia

NEWS: King Felipe has decided to remain "in his office" at Zarzuela Palace due to the unfolding situation in Catalonia, instead of attending an awards ceremony and dinner this evening, a spokesman for the palace confirmed to The... (Read full story).

Declaration Of Independence Imminent In Catalonia

EDITORIAL: On Thursday morning, a burst of expectation ran across Spain—and disappointment and anger across the faces and Twitter feeds of Catalan separatists—after news broke that Carles Puigdemont was about to throw in the towel an... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Rejects Elections

NEWS: **Editorial:** [Declaration of independence imminent][ed] The First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has rejected calling early regional elections within the limits of the Spanish Constitution: "My duty was to ... (Read full story).

Catalonia Presents Last-Minute Allegations Before Senate As Guindos Says Elections Will Not Now Stop Article 155

NEWS: Another marathon meeting for the Catalan government ended inconclusively after seven hours at regional government headquarters at around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning. Another meeting has been called for 10 a.m. Following ... (Read full story).

Spanish Defence Minister Cospedal Warns "Not A Time For Doubts Or Sitting On The Fence" In Catalonia

NEWS: Spanish Defence Minister María Dolores de Cospedal said on Wednesday that it was now time to "defend" the Spanish Constitution, "which we have built together over the past 40 years", according to an MoD press statement. ... (Read full story).

Junqueras Tells AP Only Option Is To Proclaim Republic

NEWS: Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra, ERC) told the Associated Press on Wednesday evening that the Spanish government had left Catalonia “no other option” but to proclaim a new republic. Mr. Junqueras... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Now Decides NOT To Appear Before Senate, Catalan Parliament Session Shifted To Thursday Evening

NEWS: The First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, will now *not* travel to Madrid on Thursday evening to appear before the Senate, according to the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell. Two regional parl... (Read full story).

Options For Deactivating Article 155 For Catalonia Before Saturday Now Few, Says Spanish Prime Minister's Office

NEWS: Spain is racing towards its first ever use of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, to suspend home rule in Catalonia. On Thursday, the Catalan Parliament will hold a session to debate the regional chamber's response... (Read full story).

Several Courts In Catalonia Are Now Investigating Police Actions On October 1 After Receiving Complaints

NEWS: Several formal complaints have been made against all three different police forces that acted in Catalonia on October 1, in courts across the region, the High Court in Catalonia confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday. ... (Read full story).

In UK, Catalan Separatists Would Likely Be Probed For Riot And False Imprisonment, Not "Sedition"

COMPARISON: The word "sedition" brings to mind mutiny, treason and treachery, preferably against a monarch. In the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans, for example, one character, Colonel Munro, expresses his anger at the suggestion of som... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Does Not Declare Independence Of Catalonia, Announces Debate On "Liquidation Of Our Self-Government"

NEWS: The First Minister of Catalonia did not declare the independence of Catalonia immediately on Saturday night, after the Spanish Prime Minister announced he would seek Senate approval to sack the entire regional government e... (Read full story).

Speaker Of Catalan Parliament Blasts Rajoy's "Flagrant Unconstitutionality" And Vows To Defend Chamber

NEWS: The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, said in a "solemn" statement shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday evening that separatists would not take "one step backwards" after Mariano Rajoy announced earlier in t... (Read full story).

Spanish Politics Split Between Defence Of Constitution & Coup Against Catalonia After Article 155 Announced

REACTIONS: **Pedro Sánchez** (PSOE) said the Spanish Socialist Party had chosen to "defend the Constitution": "Who is going to pay for this break up that separatism is causing in Catalonia? It is certainly not going to be the secessi... (Read full story).

Rajoy To Use Article 155 To Sack Entire Catalan Government And Hold New Regional Elections Within 6 Months

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that his central government would use Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to sack the entire Catalan regional government and force new elections in the region within six m... (Read full story).

Catalan Regional Health Authority Now Rejects "Injured" To Describe More Than 1,000 "Attended To" On October 1

NEWS: The regional health ministry in Catalonia (Salut) published new data on Friday on the number of people "attended to" on October 1 and in the three days following the illegal independence vote. Two days after the vote an... (Read full story).

People Power Doesn't Move Markets In Separatist Protest

NEWS: The leading separatist organisations, Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly, called on supporters to withdraw cash from the five main banks in the region on Friday morning. In WhatsApp and Twitter messages p... (Read full story).

Judge Orders Civil Guard To Enter Catalan Police Communications Centre To Seize Vote Phone Recordings

NEWS: The High Court in Catalonia confirmed in a brief statement that an investigating judge in Lleida (Catalonia) had ordered the Civil Guard to enter the Catalan Police (Mossos) communications centre in the city to seize polic... (Read full story).

Spanish Government To Activate Article 155 Process To Suspend Home Rule In Catalonia, Moncloa Confirms

NEWS: The central government is to activate the Article 155 process to suspend home rule in Catalonia, a spokesman for Moncloa, the Spanish Prime Minister's confirmed to The Spain Report on Thursday morning. This is the first... (Read full story).

In Remand Decision, Judge Clear On Seditious Nature Of Separatist Leaders' Actions, Risk Of Flight Or Obstruction

DEEP SPAIN: The full 15-page ruling issued on Monday night by Carmen Lamela, the investigating judge at the National High Court in Madrid responsible for ordering the imprisonment on remand of ANC chairman Jordi Sánchez and Òmnium Cul... (Read full story).

Judge Jails Chairmen Of Catalan National Assembly And Omnium Cultural On Remand In Sedition Investigation

NEWS: National High Court judge Carmen Lamela jailed the chairmen of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Sánchez, and Omnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, on remand on Monday night, several court reporters tweeted. The men ... (Read full story).

Prosecutor Asks National High Court Judge To Jail Catalan Police Chief On Remand During Sedition Probe

NEWS: The Public Prosecutor's Office has petitioned Judge Carmela Lamela, investigating charges of sedition in Barcelona on September 20, to jail Catalan Police chief Josep Lluis Trapero on remand, court reporters for Spanish me... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Sends Evasive Article 155 Reply To Rajoy

NEWS: After days of expectation and talks with his separatist allies, the First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, sent an evasive reply to the central government's Article 155 notification, which on Wednesday began the p... (Read full story).

CUP Tells Puigdemont To Proclaim The Catalan Republic

NEWS: After the powerful Catalan National Assembly published its request that Carles Puigdemont unsuspend Tuesday's declaration of independence on Thursday night, the minority radical-left party on which Mr. Puigdemont's regiona... (Read full story).

ANC Asks Puigdemont To Implement Catalan Republic Now After Rajoy Begins Process To Suspend Home Rule

NEWS: The powerful Catalan National Assembly (ANC), one of the two leading separatist organisations, issued a statement on Thursday night announcing its position on the confusion surrounding what the Catalan First Minister, Carl... (Read full story).

Spanish Defence Minister: "Almost" Completely Certain Armed Forces Won't Be Needed In Catalonia

NEWS: The Minister of Defence, María Dolores de Cospedal, caused controversy before Spain's national day celebrations on Thursday by telling a television show she was "almost" certain the central government would not have to use... (Read full story).

Home Rule At Risk: Puigdemont Given One Week To Confirm Catalonia Is Not An Independent Republic

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont has until 10 a.m. on Monday to reply to the central government's formal notification regarding his unconstitutional behaviour related to the Catalan referendum of October 1, a copy of the notification obt... (Read full story).

Spanish Government Begins Process To Suspend Home Rule In Catalonia After Puigdemont Confusion

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that the central government has moved to take the first step towards suspending home rule in Catalonia on Wednesday morning. "Cabinet has agreed to notify the Catalan gove... (Read full story).

Rajoy Calls Cabinet Meeting Tomorrow On Catalonia

NEWS: Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría made a brief statement on the situation in Catalonia on Tuesday evening, announcing that Mariano Rajoy had called an extraordinary cabinet meeting for tomorrow morni... (Read full story).

Spain Confused After Puigdemont "Assumes Mandate" For Independence But Proposes Parliament Suspend It

NEWS: The First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, appeared to announce a declaration of independence in the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday, before immediately appearing to suspend it, leaving politicians and journalists a... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Speech To Catalan Parliament Delayed One Hour Over Disagreement With CUP Over Declaration Text

NEWS: **7:06 p.m.** Opposition and separatist MPs, along with the Speaker, Carme Forcadell, have now returned to the chamber. The session in the Catalan Parliament at which First Minister Carles Puigdemont is expected to decl... (Read full story).

Content Of Declaration And Spanish Response Unknown As Country Waits For Puigdemont To Speak At 6 P.M.

NEWS: Today is the big day. This evening at 6 p.m., Carles Puigdemont will appear before the regional parliament to discuss "the general political situation" in Catalonia. Most of the country expects that to translate as some ki... (Read full story).

Rajoy To Inform Parliament On Wednesday Of Central Government Position On Catalan Crisis

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy will appear in Congress to inform parliament of the government's position on the situation in Catalonia, the Spanish Congress announced on Wednesday morning. The Prime Minister will appear at 4 p.m. (Read full story).

Catalan National Assembly Calls Demonstration In Front Of Parliament For Tuesday Independence Session

NEWS: The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) called on supporters to occupy the space between the Catalan Parliament and the High Court in Catalonia at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the organisation said in a statement. At that tim... (Read full story).

PP Spokesman Says Puigdemont Might "End Up" Like Lluis Companys, Who Was Executed In 1940

NEWS: Popular Party spokesman Pablo Casado, the party's deputy secretary for communications, said during a press conference on Monday that Carles Puigdemont, the current First Minister of Catalonia, could "end up" like former Fi... (Read full story).

High Court In Catalonia Orders National Police To Take Charge Of Physical Security Of Court From Mossos

NEWS: The Chief Justice of the High Court in Catalonia, Jesús María Barrientos Pacho, has ordered the Catalan Police, the Mossos, to allow National Police officers to share security duties to protect the building and that those ... (Read full story).

ABC Reports Catalan Government Tried To Acquire Weapons Of War For Catalan Police In 2016

NEWS: Spanish daily ABC reported in a front-page story on Saturday that the Catalan Government had attempted to acquire 850 military-grade weapons and 5.4 million rounds of ammunition for the Catalan Police (Mossos) in 2016 and ... (Read full story).

Artur Mas Tells FT Catalonia Not Ready For "Real Independence"

NEWS: Former Catalan First Minister Artur Mas, Carles Puigdemont's predecessor as head of the Catalan regional government, has told the Financial Times the region is not ready for "real independence". "We have won the right t... (Read full story).

Catalan Police Chief Appears In Court In Sedition Investigation As Companies Begin To Leave Catalonia

NEWS: On Friday morning, Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero, Catalan National Assembly chairman Jordi Sánchez and Òmnium Cultural chairman Jordi Cuixart all arrived at the National High Court in Madrid to answer questions ... (Read full story).

Banco Sabadell Approves Change Of Corporate Address Outside Of Catalonia

NEWS: Banco Sabadell has decided to move its corporate registered address outside of Catalonia, Europa Press reported. The decision was made at an extraordinary board meeting on Thursday evening. The bank had filed a note ... (Read full story).

Spanish Defence Minister Warns "Everything Outside Of Democracy Is A Threat To Our Nation"

NEWS: "Everything outside of democracy is a threat to our nation", Spain's Defence Minister, María Dolores de Cospedal (PP) said on Thursday morning during a conference about women in the Spanish armed forces. "The state of l... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Orders Immediate Suspension Of Catalan Parliament Session Related To Independence

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court ordered the suspension with immediate effect of the Monday, October 9 session of the Catalan Parliament during which it is expected separatist MPs and the pro-independence Speaker, Carme Forcad... (Read full story).

Aznar Slams Rajoy's Manangement Of Catalan Crisis, Tells Him To Use Full Power Of Spanish State Or Resign

NEWS: Former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, who hand-picked Mariano Rajoy to lead the party in 2003, today slammed his successor's management of the crisis in Catalonia in a statement published by the think-tank he cha... (Read full story).

Spanish Deputy PM Pours Cold Water On Puigdemont's Attempt To Calm Escalation Of Catalan Conflict

NEWS: The Catalan crisis has escalated very quickly since the clashes on Sunday. On Tuesday, a "total stoppage" saw a strike, more mass protests and more than 50 blockades of roads and motorways across the region. On Tuesday ... (Read full story).

Catalan Police Chief Investigated For Sedition

NEWS: Catalan Police chief Josep Lluis Trapero is to be investigated for sedition by the National High Court in Madrid, [El Español reported][1] on Wednesday morning. The newspaper said the chairmen of the Catalan National As... (Read full story).

King Felipe Says Spain Will Defend Constitional Order In Catalonia After Repeated Violations Of The Law

NEWS: King Felipe made a statement on Tuesday evening on the "very grave" situation in Catalonia on the Spanish Crown's "firm commitment" to Spanish democracy and "understanding and harmony among Spaniards". He said Spaniard... (Read full story).

King Felipe To Address The Nation On Catalan Crisis At 9 P.M.

NEWS: King Felipe will address the nation at 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the Spanish Royal Household confirmed to The Spain Report. A spokesman for Zarzuela Palace gave no indication of the content of the monarch's message. ... (Read full story).

More Than 50 Barricades Block Roads And Motorways Across Catalonia During Day Of "Total Stoppage"

NEWS: Regional traffic authorities in Catalonia confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday morning that more than 50 barricades or protests had blocked roads across the region, including major toll roads and motorways used for com... (Read full story).

Spanish Home Says 431 Police Officers Injured Or Assaulted In Catalonia During Violence On Sunday

NEWS: The Spanish Home Office confirmed to The Spain Report on Monday evening that it had a new total of 431 police officers "injured or assaulted" during the police charges at polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday. Of ... (Read full story).

PSOE Leader Sánchez Demands Rajoy Negotiate With Puigdemont And Podemos In Key Meeting On Catalonia

NEWS: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) wants more dialogue, not more law enforcement, in Catalonia. PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez told Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of his "rejection of police charges" on Sunday "that le... (Read full story).

United Nations And European Commission Issue Statements On Catalonia Crisis And Violence

NEWS: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad, and the European Commission both issued statements on the violence and crisis in Catalonia on Monday. ### Statement By UN Human Rights High Commissioner... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Demands Police Withdraw From Catalonia And European Intervention To Mediate

NEWS: In a press conference on Monday afternoon, the Catalan First Minister, Carles Puigdemont, demanded that the National Police and Civil Guard deployed to Catalonia over the last few weeks be withdrawn, after riot police char... (Read full story).

No Date For Mariano Rajoy's Appearance In Parliament On Catalonia Crisis, Says Congress

NEWS: An urgent appearance of the Spanish Prime Minister in parliament would be impossible on Monday, the Spanish Congress confirmed to The Spain Report on Monday morning, and extremely unlikely on Tuesday. No ordinary sessio... (Read full story).

Catalan Leader Suggests Independence Declaration Imminent After Day Of Violence And Voting

NEWS: In a statement to Catalans on Sunday night, Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont said Catalans had won the right to an independent republic. "The Catalan government will transmit to the Catalan Parliament, the seat ... (Read full story).

Rajoy Announces No Measures After Catalonia Violence

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made a statement to the country on Sunday night after a day of violence and voting in Catalonia. "There has not been an independence referendum in Catalonia today", he said, defendin... (Read full story).

Civil Guard And Catalan Police Fight In Catalan Town

NEWS: Civil Guard riot squad officers and Catalan Police (Mossos) clashed physically in the town of Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Cadena SER in Catalonia reported, posting video footage of the incident. In the images, Civil Guard... (Read full story).

Catalan Government Says 73% Of Polling Stations Open Despite Riot Police Actions To Stop Independence Vote

NEWS: National Police and Civil Guard riot squads entered several polling stations in Barcelona and across Catalonia on Sunday morning, after the Catalan Police (Mossos) failed to attempt to stop the suspended vote from going ah... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Shuts Down Catalan Government's Secret Electronic Voting Plan For Sunday Referendum

NEWS: The Civil Guard, acting on orders from the High Court in Catalonia, entered and shut down 29 database and census applications at the Catalan government's telecommunications centre on Saturday. The Spanish Home Office an... (Read full story).

Three Catalan Separatists Lightly Injured In Air Gun Attack North Of Barcelona, Mossos Confirm

NEWS: Three people were lightly injured in an attack last night with an air gun at a school in the town of Manlleu (Barcelona, Catalonia), the Catalan Police, the Mossos, confirmed to The Spain Report. A police spokeswoman sa... (Read full story).

Google Removes Catalan Referendum App From Google Play After Catalan High Court Issues Take Down Order

NEWS: Google has removed the "On Votar 1-Oct" Catalan referendum app tweeted out by Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont to his followers on September 23 after being ordered to do so by the High Court in Catalonia. The ap... (Read full story).

Catalan Government Unveils Ballot Boxes To Be Used For Independence Vote On Sunday

NEWS: After weeks of speculation, Catalan regional government ministers unveiled the ballot boxes they mean to use for the suspended referendum vote this Sunday. The ballot boxes are made of grey and black opaque plastic. ... (Read full story).

"Burning Rag" Thrown At Civil Guard Station In Catalan Town After Officers Seize Ballot Boxes

NEWS: With only two days remaining before the Catalan government attempts to hold a suspended vote on secession from Spain, a burning object was thrown by two unknown suspects at the Civil Guard station in Igualada (Barcelona, C... (Read full story).

In Interviews, Puigdemont Imprecise On How Catalan Vote Result Will Be Interpreted On Sunday

NEWS: The Catalan First Minister, Carles Puigdemont, refuses to say how many voters his regional government will consider legitimate for interpreting the results of the independence referendum that he still insists will go ahead... (Read full story).

Judge At High Court In Catalonia Orders Police To Close Down Referendum And Takes Control From Prosecutor

NEWS: A senior judge at the High Court in Catalonia issued an order on Wednesday evening which did three key things in relation to the anti-referendum policing measures in Catalonia as regards Sunday's vote. Firstly, the new ... (Read full story).

National High Court In Madrid Confirms It Will Investigate Barcelona Separatists For Sedition

NEWS: The National High Court in Madrid confirmed to The Spain Report on Wednesday afternoon that it will investigate demonstrators in Barcelona who blocked access to the regional economy ministry during a judicial search last w... (Read full story).

Catalan Police Ordered To Close And Occupy Polling Stations In Catalonia To Stop Vote Going Ahead

NEWS: The Catalan Police (Mossos) have been ordered by the Public Prosecutor's Office to close and occupy all premises that will or might be used as polling stations in the region to prevent them from being used for Sunday's ind... (Read full story).

Spanish Flag Waving And The Catalan Crisis

EDITORIAL: On Monday, [short video clips started appearing][1] on Twitter showing people in several Spanish cities—Córdoba, Huelva and Toledo—cheering loudly and clapping Civil Guard units leaving for anti-referendum duty in Cataloni... (Read full story).

After Meeting Rajoy At White House, Trump Says "Spain Is A Great Country And Should Remain United"

NEWS: Asked about the crisis in Catalonia on Tuesday at the White House, US President Donald Trump said "Spain is a great country and it should remain united", adding "I would like to see Spain continue to be united". "I thin... (Read full story).

Cracks Appear In Catalan Separatist Commitment To Immediate Declaration Of Independence

NEWS: Over the past few weeks, Catalan leaders have been firmly committed to their promise of a declaration of independence if a "yes" vote wins at this Sunday's October 1 "referendum", despite the increasing logistical problems... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Shuts Down Website Of The Catalan National Assembly, So They Put Up A New One

NEWS: The Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday morning that it had shut down the website of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), the leading non-institutional separatist body in Catalonia. The ANC, along with ... (Read full story).
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