Catalonia: The disgraceful march continues

Catalan MonitorArticles, History

Gabriel Laflèche, of Swiss magazine l’1Dex, has penned a short, political piece, examining the so-called national characters of Spain and Catalonia. His examination of the “consquistador” nature of the Spanish political elite, and a national politics based on victory and humiliation of the defeated, rather than brokered peace and shared power, mean chances of peaceful co-existence are low, between the Spanish and the Catalans.

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The second defeat of 155

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The first defeat of the bloc of parties that supported the application of article 155 was the autonomic elections of December 21st, convened by Mariano Rajoy. That day, after an unprecedented judicial and political offensive, the independentists revalidated their absolute majority. The second defeat took place during today’s plenary session held to constitute the parliament and elect a speaker, during which the independence majority made itself known, again.

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We are not a concession

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By Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira “The strategy to generalize a system of autonomies throughout the State had a clear objective: reduce, dilute and neutralize the national influence of Catalonia as a political … Read More

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Roger Torrent elected new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, on strength of pro-independence votes

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The leader of the Republican Leftist party (ERC) takes over from Carme Forcadell thanks to the 65 votes of Together for Catalonia (JxC), ERC and the CUP, including the delegated votes of Junqueras, Forn and Sànchez. Josep Costa and José María Espejo-Saavedra take on the vice presidencies of the chamber after Ciutadans and the Partido Popular expressed displeasure at prisoners being allowed to delegate votes.

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French newspaper ‘Le Monde’: “Independence has won again”

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Le Monde’s Roser Cussó declares the results of the 21st of December elections in Catalonia as a victory for independence, and that “one can no longer believe Spanish justice is independent”. See here for an English translation of the text.

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13 more teachers called to give statements regarding to charges of “incitement to hatred”, after discussing police violence from October 1st

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The Civil Guard will give take statements from professors of Sant Andreu de la Barca on January 4th, 5th, 8th and 10th and could refer them to courts as a result of allegations from agents, regarding comments to their children. In November, eight professors from La Seu d’Urgell gave statements regarding the same crime, with relation their treatment of the referendum and the police violence, in class.

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