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2017

17

Oct

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Spain just jailed two Catalan independence leaders on sedition charges

A Spanish judge jailed two leaders of the Catalan independence movement Monday on charges of sedition, the BBC reported, in a move that will likely only worsen a national crisis that has pitted the Spanish government against one of its wealthiest regions. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart are now being held without bail for their alleged […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Vice News

12

Oct

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Rights group slams police violence in Catalonia

A global human rights organization says Spanish police used excessive force when they faced peaceful protesters earlier this month during a disputed independence referendum in Catalonia. The Oct. 1 vote went ahead despite a ban by Spain’s top court. Under the country’s Constitution, only central authorities can call votes on sovereignty matters and all eligible […]

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Country: Spain
Source: AP

10

Oct

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The Spain Reports: PP Spokesman Says Puigdemont Might “End Up” Like Lluis Companys, Who Was Executed In 1940

Popular Party spokesman Pablo Casado, the party’s deputy secretary for communications, said during a press conference on Monday that Carles Puigdemont, the current First Minister of Catalonia, could “end up” like former First Minister Lluis Companys, who also declared the independence of the region on October 6, 1934, The Spain Reports writes. Mr. Casado was referring to […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Focus News

06

Oct

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Spanish court blocks Catalan parliament from declaring independence

  Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the Catalan regional parliament to suspend a session scheduled for next Monday, when lawmakers were expected to vote on a declaration of independence from Spain. Catalonia’s pro-independence regional government and the central government in Madrid are at loggerheads over last Sunday’s referendum, when 90 percent of the nearly 2.3 million […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Politico

03

Oct

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Spanish foreign minister claims photos of police brutality are ‘fake’

Spain’s foreign minister has argued police violence during Catalonia’s independence vote was “not extraordinary” and claimed “fake photos” of brutality have been circulating on social media. Violent scenes erupted across Catalonia on Sunday as riot police beat protesters and stormed polling stations in an eleventh-hour attempt to prevent the vote on independence from Spain going ahead. […]

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Country: Spain
Source: The Independent

02

Oct

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Barcelona mayor: Over 460 injured, police must stop attacking ‘defenseless population’

The Mayor of Barcelona urged the Spanish police to immediately end their violence “against the defenseless population.” Spain’s central authorities launched a massive crackdown on the Catalan independence referendum which they say is illegal. At least 460 people have been injured in clashes between police and voters amid the ongoing independence referendum, Mayor Ada Colau […]

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Country: Spain
Source: RT

29

Sep

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‘Do not interfere with freedom’ UN condemns Spain’s violent crackdown on Catalan voters

Experts from the UN have called on Madrid to ensure measures taken ahead of the Catalan referendum this Sunday “do not interfere with the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and public participation”. Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled at the beginning of this month the referendum, which could split Spain in two, would […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Express

26

Sep

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Spanish authorities try to shutter Catalan referendum websites

The fight between the Catalan independence movement and Spanish authorities over an independence vote is expanding into the online world. This week, an organization managing how users find websites with the .cat extension was raided by the Civil Guard, a Spanish police force, according to the organization’s chief executive officer and the Spanish interior ministry. […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Politico

20

Sep

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Spain national police raid Catalan government headquarters

Spain’s paramilitary national police have raided the headquarters of the Catalan government in the latest offensive against the proposed referendum on independence set to be held in less than two weeks’ time. The Guardia Civil police on Wednesday morning searched several government departments, including the economy ministry and the foreign ministry as well as the […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Financial Times

14

Sep

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Spain threatens to arrest over 700 Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Spain’s state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of hundreds of Catalan mayors cooperating with the region’s independence referendum. Spain’s king and prime minister have both decried the vote as unconstitutional. The office of Spain’s state prosecutor announced on Wednesday that it is investigating hundreds of Catalan mayors for cooperating with an October 1 independence […]

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Country: Spain
Source: Deutsche Welle