“For democracy, we will defend our institutions”

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Public indignation This Sunday thousands of people came together in Barcelona to show their support for the elected officials and government institutions being prosecuted for defending the democratic rights of the people of Catalonia. The event was promoted by several civil society groups (ANC, OMNIUM and AMI). As Catalans we are angered … Read More

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Rahola humiliates the Spanish foreign minister and the whole Spanish diplomatic service

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Source: Directe.cat Section: Politics Photo: PR The new Spanish minister of foreign affairs already knows how Pilar Rahola works. Alfonso Dastis Quecedo must have been left dumbfounded when he saw how powerless he was as the Catalan journalist travelled around Argentina explaining the Catalan independence process. But the high point of … Read More

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Photographing unity: mass support for officials under investigation

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Source: ElNacional.cat Writer: Maria Macià Photo: ACN Barcelona. Friday, 11th November 2016 Pro-independence organisations have been organising protests in the past few weeks in defense of Carme Forcadell, Joan Coma, Montserrat Venturós. But they have never held a united protest in support of all the other anonymous elected officials under investigation for acts … Read More

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Whistle…at your peril!

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Guest post from Miquel Strubell It is plain for all to see that the Spanish government is increasingly concerned about the fact that more and more Catalans exercise the right of free expression to express their determination that Catalonia be allowed to decide through democratic means – by voting in … Read More

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Forcadell: ‘I will go in front of the judge when they call me up in order to defend the sovereignty of our Parliament’

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The President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, was interviewed on El Matí de Catalunya Ràdio and spoke about, among other things, the dispute with the state prosecutor and of the possibility that she may be barred from office a year after taking up the role of President of the Catalan legislative … Read More

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Joan Coma: “They’re making themselves look stupid”

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“They’re making themselves look stupid!” exhorted Joan Coma in front of around 300 people who had filled Plaça del Pes and the surrounding streets in order to show their support after he refused to appear before the National Audience. “Without this support I would’ve gone to Madrid today”, said the … Read More

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Politicians and public come together to support Forcadell

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2,500 people, according to Mossos d’Esquadra, gathered this evening outside the doors of the Parliament in order to show their support to the President of the Chamber, Carme Forcadell, after the Public Prosecution presented her with charges of disobedience and deviation from duty. The arranged time was 7pm in from of … Read More

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Spanish diplomats again try to torpedo pro-independence event

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The Spanish embassy in Belgium attempted to undermine an event about Catalan independence which took place in Brussels on Tuesday. The event was a debate organised by Diplocat at the university of Lovain-la Neuve in which the permanent representative of the Generalitat tot the European Union, Amadeu Altafaj, also took part. … Read More

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Carles Puigdemont denounces Catalan legal defencelessness in Paris

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The Catalan President that, in order to carry out a referendum it would not be necessary to change the constitution: “there is no legal problem. It is purely a problem of political will”. He also underlined the broad support this option has among the Catalan people. Ara – Puigdemont denuncia … Read More

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Catalan Parliament preparing unprecedented law

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The Catalan Parliament, with recourse to Catalan legality, is preparing a law of reparations for the victims of fascism by which the Parliament will nullify the court martials which were handed out during Franco’s dictatorship as there has been no Spanish government which was willing to do so since his … Read More

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Strengthened Puigdemont seeks pact on referendum in Madrid

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The President of the Generalitat, Carle Puigdemont, took part this week in an information-sharing breakfast in Madrid where he defended the need to look for a “political solution” to open the way for the referendum in Catalonia and criticised the attempt by Mariano Rajoy’s government to try and turn the … Read More

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Carme Forcadell: “They’re trying to restrict Parliament”

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The President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcedell, has responded to the Constitutional Tribunal’s decision to bring her before the state prosecution for allowing a vote to go ahead regarding the conclusions of the Constituent Process report, saying “I would do it again without a doubt”. During a appearance just … Read More

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President of the Generalitat wins motion of confidence

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The President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, was able to celebrate a double victory yesterday. The first, which had been expected, was to overcome the question of confidence thanks to the 72 votes from Junts pel Sí and the CUP which had already announced its support. The President’s second … Read More

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Puigdemont reaffirms mandate

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Carles Puigdemont was sworn in as President of the Generalitat over nine months ago, on a Sunday without precedent –  it was the day after Artur Mas unexpectedly renounced his position after resistance by the CUP to swear him in as President – teetering on the precipice as the deadline … Read More

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Fernández Díaz will be scrutinised: Congress approves investigative committee into Operation Catalonia

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The Congress of Deputies has given the green light for the creation of a commission to investigate Operation Catalonia. All parties apart from PP (206 votes in favour, 136 against and 2 abstentions) voted in favour of forcing the Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, to explain the so-called “patriotic … Read More

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Mercè herald avoids conflict after controversial election

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The announcement of any festa major tends to be pretty run-of-the-mill, watched only by a few bored retirees, local authorities and a couple of curious souls. In fact, this Thursday’s herald, Javier Pérez Andújar, admitted that this was the first time he had been to such an event. But this year’s Mercè … Read More

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Margallo at UN: process is “advancing at full throttle

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When it comes to the Catalan independence process, “we’re boxing with one arm tied behind our back”. This is the metaphor used by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manual García-Margallo, in complaining to the UN about the “grotesque” situation of political stalemate in Spain which is limiting the government’s capabilities to … Read More

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Spanish government offered Mas pact before 9-N, says Homs

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The former Minister of the Presidency, Francesc Homs, explained yesterday during his declaration to the Spanish Supreme Court that the government of Rajoy had offered the Generalitat a pact before the 9-N vote. Homs explained in an interview with Catalunya Ràdio that a few days before 9-N someone who spoke … Read More

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Altafaj carries on work as normal

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The Permanent Representative of the Government to the European Union, Amadeu Altafaj, made clear that he would continue working just as he has ever since the government gave him the position. This was Altafaj’s response to the Catalan Supreme Court of Justice decision to suspend his title of “Permanent Representative” to … Read More

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AMI, ACM, Òmnium and ANC demand right to decide in support with those being investigated for 9-N

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Pro-sovereignty groups (Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI), Òmnium Cultural, the National Catalan Assembly (ANC) and the Catalan Association of Municipalities (ACM)) demanded, this Friday 16th September, the right of Catalans to decide their own future as a nation before Francesc Homs’ imminent declaration in front of the Supreme Court for his … Read More

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11 September: mayors and councillors take part in another mass Diada

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Mass demonstration of the Catalan people for the fifth consecutive celebration of the 11th September national day. Mayors and councillors took part in the gatherings organised in Barcelona, Berga, Lleida, Salt and Tarragona in favour of the new republic. In the past few weeks the Association of Municipalities for Independence … Read More

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Spain provokes diplomatic conflict with Lithuania over Barcelona Consul

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs has declared the honorary Lithuanian Consul in Barcelona, Xavier Vinyals, “unacceptable for the exercising of consular fuctions” and has withdrawn his “exequatur“, or the authorisation which he enjoyed, following the recent 11th September, the national day of Catalonia, the Diada. According to the Spanish government, … Read More

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Verkami: Catalan News Monitor’s crowd-funding campaign online

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The Plataforma pel Dret de Decidir has launched its online crowd-funding campaign through Verkami in order to take the Catalan News Monitor project forward into the next stage. The campaign is seeking donations to fund the project which, up until now, has been maintained thanks to a small amount of private finance, … Read More

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