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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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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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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Total collapse of the PP in Catalonia leaves Rajoy exposed

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The Partido Popular score the worst results in their history, with only 3 deputies in parliament, in no parliamentary group. Albiol asserts that the results from the 21st of December are “bad news for the future of Catalonia” but admits the defeat of unionism.

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The Sixena litigation is feeding clashes between blocs, in the run up to the 21st of December

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The transfer of works from the Museum of Lleida to Aragon intensifies the criticisms from pro-sovereignty parties against the groups who endorsed the application of article 155, with special intensity directed at the Catalan Socialist Party. Ángel Ros has become the target of the demonstrators for the complicity of his Socialists with PP and Ciutadans.

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The Museum of Lleida: collateral damage from Article 155

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The 43 works from Sixena that were kept at the Museum of Lleida are moved to Aragon, in an operation which apparently required the Guardia Civil being sent to the capital of Segrià, at four in the morning, escorted by the Mossos d’Esquadra.

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Ex-Army colonel confirms Spanish state threats: Marta Rovira “did not lie”

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The General Secretary of the ERC party (Republican Left of Catalonia), Marta Rovira, “did not lie” in her statements from November 17, in which she said that the Spanish government had threatened to deploy the army and use “extreme violence” if independence leaders did not stop the independence process.

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