International media report on anti-Catalan hate speech following plane crash

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Twitter user @elsomatent compiled a news digest from international media reactions to the surge of abuse and hatred speech against the victims of the German Wings air crash which took place yesterday, March 24. Spain’s interior ministry today announced it will prosecute the authors of tens of mocking messages on social media.

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When can Catalans stop apologizing for being Catalan?

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When can Catalans stop apologizing for being Catalan? — Medium

And then the waves of anti-Catalan hate tweets began. “I think the plane accident is just fine if it was full of Catalans.” “Plane full of Catalans and Germans crashes in France. #winwinwin” “Come on, don’t get bent out of shape, it was just Catalans in the plane, not people.” “OK, I’m going to say what half of Spain is thinking: here’s hoping that those 45 Spanish surnames belong to Catalans, Basques and [despective term for South Americans]”.

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Artur Mas: For a free and European Catalonia

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Le Tribunal constitutionnel espagnol a déclaré, fin février, anticonstitutionnelle la loi permettant d’organiser des référendums au niveau local, loi pourtant validée par le Parlement de Catalogne. Ce texte avait obtenu une majorité de 106 voix contre 28, ce qui montre bien le large consensus politique et citoyen qui existe en Catalogne pour la tenue d’une consultation citoyenne d’intérêt général et non contraignante. Cette loi devait constituer, a posteriori, la base juridique pour l’organisation du référendum sur le statut politique de la Catalogne, qui eut lieu le 9 novembre.

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Why 2015 Will Create a More Fragmented Spain

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Why 2015 Will Create a More Fragmented Spain (Stratfor)

The elections in Catalonia will be somewhat different because they will be directly linked to the issue of independence. After the Catalan government failed to organize a binding independence referendum in 2014 — Madrid blocked the idea, forcing Catalonia to hold a nonbinding consultation — the ruling Convergence and Union party decided to call for early elections.

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Politics is still central to Barcelona’s rivalry with Real Madrid

Catalan MonitorFusion

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On first glance, the crowd seems fairly homogenous. Yes, the majority are wearing maroon and blue stripes, while one noisy corner tucked into the top of Camp Nou is decked out in white. But the voices sound similar, the faces nearly blend together. At first it’s difficult to believe the spectators are divided by 125 years of history, their political legacies positioning them at opposite ends of a spectrum. It is only when you focus that you notice the flags being waved don’t bear the Spanish shield; that the rippling chants have a dissonance that sends them off-key before finding your ear.

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Government of Catalonia endorses a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

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Government of Catalonia endorses a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

The government of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia supports the international campaign for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. In a formal ceremony, the Catalan Secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs, Roger Albinyana, and the Catalan Director General for Multilateral and European Affairs, Manuel Manonelles, signed a document stating the government’s endorsement.

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Catalonia’s Nationalists Lose Support – Poll

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Catalonia’s Nationalists Lose Support – Poll (Sputnik)

Supporters of the autonomous region of Catalonia’s independence from Spain are losing strength, with less people now supporting secession, according to the Center of Opinion Studies (CEO) published Friday.

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Backing for a separate Catalan state fades

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Backing for a separate Catalan state fades (The Scotsman)

Exactly a year ago an opinion poll carried out by the Catalan government showed 60 per cent in favour of independence. By December the figure had dropped to 44.5 per cent.

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Catalan Business Comes Out

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Catalan Business Comes Out

Some surveys suggest Catalan business executives are more wary of secession than the general population. A survey published in July by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP found just over a quarter favored a referendum on independence, while more than half favored some kind of negotiated solution to keep Spain together.

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