The Guardian | Artur Mas “The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course”
“I call on Spain’s government, and also on Spain’s people, to listen to the people of Catalonia. The hour has come and our whole hearts are in this. I also call on the international community to urge President Rajoy and Spain’s parliament to allow Catalonia to choose its own system of government, for ourselves and for our children. Spain was a shining example of a country that suffered 40 years of dictatorship and peacefully transformed almost overnight into a western democracy. Let’s keep that light of democracy shining.
BBC | Catalonia vote: Twitter debate from a bar
BBC’s Patrick Jackson spoke to a group of friends partying in a Barcelona bar, who agreed to let him tweet their views on Catalonia’s symbolic independence vote as polling day dawned.
Bloomberg | Rajoy Says He Won’t Negotiate Sovereignty With Catalans
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he won’t engage in any talks with Catalan President Artur Mas that could result in a breakup of Spain. “You can’t ask the prime minister to negotiate over national sovereignty,” Rajoy said at a press conference in Madrid today.
Vilaweb | Rajoy: No to the referendum and no to constitutional reform
Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, finally stepped forward today to weigh in on the independence vote that took place last weekend in Catalonia. Rajoy dismissed the independence vote, calling it a mock election that has only served to discredit the separatist cause.
The Local | Catalan referendum is ‘impossible’: Spanish PM
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday warned that he would not consider the option of a definitive independence referendum in Catalonia during his first public appearance since the region held an unofficial poll on self-rule on Sunday.
The Scotsman | George Kerevan: What Catalonia can teach Scotland
“The Catalan sovereigntist movement has retained momentum despite Madrid’s intransigence by perfecting the art of mass street demonstrations involving millions of ordinary citizens. This visible expression of public sympathy has legitimised Catalan demands for autonomy in the eyes of the world media and neutralised attempts by Madrid to dismiss the movement as irrelevant.”