Catalan independence

The separatists are to blame

Only 332 companies have so far applied to relocate their headquarters

"I didn’t realise they were Guardia Civil; one hit me in the face and the others in the ribs and kidneys"

The Barcelona resident, who remains on sick leave, says that what began with him telling off a group of plainclothes officers for pulling down an estelada flag, ended in bruises to his head and torso

Objective: Resistance

Spanish officer in Born bar brawl is riot police chief inspector

The officer, who was part of the police deployment to block October 1st referendum, has 250 riot police under his command

December 8: Committed

Elections are won with votes. The debate is won with commitment.

Unyielding

Some 45,000 people travelled to Brussels to show their support for the President of the Generalitat and his Ministers

The spirit of the Constitution: from a good fit to “Let’em have it!”

The Constitution’s wording is ambiguous and pliable, open to a range of interpretations

An explosion of arbitrariness

There is no silent majority, but a Spanish nationalist bloc that will stop at nothing

They can’t get away with calling us violent: we are not

“Junqueras, Forn, Sànchez and Cuixart are not violent types”

Strokes of yellow

Solving would require a political strategy to rethink Spain’s model and its ties with Catalonia

Madrid invokes Article 155, sacks staff of Catalonia’s offices abroad

Catalan Foreign Ministry “considered” possibility of new assignments, but most staff are to lose their jobs despite being on permanent contracts

Only 2.1% of political pundits support independence on Spain’s public TV, 55.4% on Catalonia’s

Catalonia’s Media Standards Council shows lack of political plurality affects mainly Spanish TV

MEPs protest at the "hurdles" Spain erects to stop them visiting the jailed ministers

They declare the response from the Spanish authorities to be "extremely serious"

On the origin of the sovereignty process in Catalonia

Madrid received many warnings that cutting back the Catalan Statute would provoke a profound crisis

Barcelona city takes down banner supporting political prisoners

Partido Popular and Ciudadanos ask for prohibition to be extended to yellow lights in public fountains

The fable of the gullible fool

"Sometimes he thinks that he could have been born British or Norwegian and lived in a solid democracy where you can decide without collective drama"

Article 155: a digital gag rule against foreign action

The body known as Diplocat was tasked with explaining Catalonia’s reality to the public opinion abroad

The reckless bias of Spanish media when reporting on violence

Any allegedly separatist graffiti is more newsworthy than an actual physical assault

Reus Mayor, three councillors in court hearing about petition against police violence on 1 October

Three CUP councillors, also called to give evidence, failed to appear in court

From freedom (3)

In total contrast with the freezing jail, warmth comes from all round our country

Judge Lamela imprisoned Catalan ministers despite complying with Article 155

The recordings, to which ARA has had access, reveal that the Catalan ministers had rejected violence

One thousand US and European academics demand release of Catalonia’s “political prisoners”

They have signed a manifesto also demanding “fair elections” on December 21

No fingers crossed

The present moment ought to lead to a better relationship between politics and the truth

Catalan teacher arrested by Spain’s Guardia Civil for allegedly spreading hate speech on social media

Manel Riu left the police station after having exercised his right to remain silent

Court halts custodial sentence for neo-Nazis guilty of attack on Catalonia’s Blanquerna Centre

Spain’s Constitutional Court upholds appeal a day after the deadline for the execution of the sentence had expired

After 58 days, the Tweety Pie ship leaves Barcelona

Since September of this year, Barcelona’s residents have grown used to living in difficult circumstances, with Spanish Police vans patrolling the streets and one or more helicopters hovering over the city

Russia denies meddling in Catalonia, attributes accusations to "hysteria" of Spanish government

Moscow believes Spain wants to cover up its "inability" to resolve its own “internal problems”

An abuser’s version of events

The State justifies its actions by claiming they have been left with no other choice but repression

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EDICIÓ PAPER 06/04/2020

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