#9N2014 News Roundup

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

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The Guardian | Catalans vote in symbolic referendum on independence in defiance of Madrid
Voters hope that large turnout for non-binding referendum, following months of legal wrangling, would pave way for formal vote. […] “Despite the enormous impediments, we have been able to get out the ballot boxes and vote,” the Catalan leader, Artur Mas, said on Sunday, after months of tense legal wrangling between Madrid and Barcelona forced Catalan leaders to water down their plans for a formal referendum.

International Business Times | Catalonia Independence Vote: Though Unofficial, Ballot Will Likely Show Catalan Nationalism As Powerful Force
In stark contrast to the Scottish referendum, financial markets and businesses are utterly unfazed by the vote. Had Scotland voted ‘Yes’, some large financial institutions had threatened to leave the country – there are no such threats in Spain as, whatever the result of Sunday’s vote, Catalonia’s status within Spain will remain the same.

The Guardian | Catalans queue for hours in London to cast vote in unofficial referendum
More than 1,000 expats and tourists turn out to answer question: should there be a Catalan state and should it be independent?

Business Insider Australia | What You Need To Know About Today’s Catalonia Independence Vote In Spain
In 2010, however, limits were put on how far Catalonia’s freedom could go. Spain’s Constitutional court ruled that a Catalan statute of autonomy, setting out the region’s status and powers, was not tantamount to nationhood. After that rejection, Catalan grass roots movements – up until then a minority — multiplied. In 2012, more than a million people attended a Catalan national day rally; the turnout led regional leader Artur Mas to put independence at the top of his political agenda.

Reuters | Catalan independence hopes high after symbolic vote on split from Spain
Pro-secession politicians hope a high turnout will prompt central government to sit down with them and negotiate more tax and political autonomy, or even convince Madrid to accept a full-blown independence referendum in the future.

The Independent | Catalonia independence: Catalans ignore Spanish veto to vote on independence
The polling stations were makeshift, the election officers all volunteers and the whole process suspended for being potentially illegal, not once but twice. But Catalonia’s much-disputed unofficial referendum on independence nonetheless finally went ahead today.

LA Times | Catalonia holds banned election on secession from Spain
“If prosecutors are looking for someone to blame, it should be me,” Catalan Premier Artur Mas told reporters after casting his own ballot in Barcelona. “This is not the definitive vote, but it is very important,” he said, urging Madrid to “listen to the clamor from Catalonia.”

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Financial Times | Catalan leaders hope big turnout will send independence signal
More than 2m Catalans took part in a symbolic vote on the political future of the northern Spanish region on Sunday, in the biggest show of strength yet for Catalonia’s increasingly vocal independence campaign.

Le Figaro | Vrai-faux référendum en Catalogne
Grand initiateur de ce référendum au rabais, après la suspension de la consultation en bonne et due forme, le président catalan n’a pas cherché à se dérober. «Si l’on cherche un responsable, je suis là!» a lancé Artur Mas. Une ironie qui risque de passer pour un défi à Madrid, où le gouvernement avait laissé entendre qu’il tolérerait une consultation si la responsabilité était déléguée aux associations indépendantistes. Mas a prévu d’écrire à Rajoy dans les prochains jours pour réclamer un vrai référendum. Quel que soit le résultat du vote, il tentera de capitaliser la mobilisation des indépendantistes. Le gouvernement Rajoy a toujours défendu une double réponse à la question catalane: le respect de la loi et l’ouverture au dialogue. Madrid, toutefois, n’a jamais transformé cette disposition à la négociation en une offre concrète.