Weekend News Roundup

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Peace Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu
Naharnet | Tutu Backs Catalan Independence Vote
The South African archbishop and the Argentine rights activist Adolfo Perez Esquivel, both Nobel peace laureates, signed a petition calling for Catalans to be allowed “to vote on their political future”, campaigners said. The petition was also signed by the British film director Ken Loach and several international academic.

Irish Times | Junqueras skilfully surfs Catalan independence wave
Surging pro-independence leader outflanks moderate rival Mas as tension with Madrid increases.

The Spain Report |Catalonia To Take Legal Action Against Spanish State As Junqueras Threatens Financial Chaos
Nobel Peace Prize winners and cultural figures sign a manifesto calling for Catalans to be allowed to vote, as Madrid announces a new legal challenge.

Euronews | Catalan president snaps back at Madrid government
“It’s ridiculous. The Spanish government is also abusing the law. It is using the Constitutional Court in the wrong way, forcing it to take a decision that does not belong to them.”

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CNA | 49.4% of Catalans would vote for independence and 32.3% would vote against it, according to Catalan Government’s poll
However, such a poll cannot be used to predict results for November 9’s alternative consultation vote, stated the CEO, since the census is not the same and many people from the “no” side are expected not to vote in the alternative participatory process.

Maine Public Broadcasting |With Human Pyramids, Catalans Reach For Independence
Castells are an icon of Catalan culture — a symbol of what citizens can achieve when they work together, says participant Aureli Bisbe. “It shows we are capable of working together to build interesting structures and stuff.

* Picture: Desmond Tutu at the World Economic Forum (Wikipedia)