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Spain will use force if Catalonia protests against direct rule

By Graham Keeley
The Times

October 24, 2017

Catalan police will be told to restore order if independence protests escalate into violence.  ALEJANDRO GARCIA/EPA

A senior Spanish cabinet minister has warned that Madrid is prepared to use force to restore order in Catalonia as separatists vowed to resist direct rule. 127 more words

Catalonia holds breath before declaration

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament.

From the early hours of Tuesday morning the Catalan police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, closed the Ciutadella Park in Barcelona and positioned several police vans near the entrances and alongside parliament. 183 more words


October 1st Referendum

The October 1st Referendum was set in motion after the Catalan Parliament held a vote on and passed the Law of Transitory Legality which allows for a binding vote (a simple Yes or No) on Catalan independence and outlines a transitory legal structure for the creation of a Catalan state in the event that the Yes votes win the referendum with a simple majority. 407 more words

News & Events

How a Dubious CIA Document is Fuelling Tensions in Catalonia

By Zach Campbell and cross-posted from The Intercept

Tensions are running high in Barcelona. Last month saw a terrorist attack on one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Las Ramblas, which killed a dozen people and injured more than 100. 413 more words

The Endless War

Catalan Police Say Independence Vote Divides Their Loyalties


SEPT. 25, 2017, 8:09 A.M. E.D.T.

BARCELONA, Spain — A referendum on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain is putting intense pressure on the region’s police officers, who feel caught between their oath to the nation’s constitution and loyalty to local leaders who have vowed to create a new European state. 83 more words

Spain In Crisis: Catalan Police Reject Madrid Takeover, Vow To "Resist"

Cross-posted from Zero Hedge

Spain found itself on the verge of a full-blown sovereign crisis on Saturday, after the “rebel region” of Catalonia rejected giving more control to the central government in defiance of authorities in Madrid who are trying to suppress an independence referendum on Oct. 345 more words

Brussels Business

Catalonia’s Defiance of Spanish Authority Turns into Rebellion

“Do not underestimate the power of Spanish democracy.”

With these words, eerily reminiscent of a line once spoken by Star Wars villain Darth Vader, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy brought to a close a week of frenzied drama. 236 more words