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Thursday, 13 september 2012 | New York Times

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Recommended article: "Rally Brings Strong Call for Catalan Fiscal Sovereignty" published in The New York Times

We want to recommended the article "Rally Brings Strong Call for Catalan Fiscal Sovereignty" by Raphael Minder published in The New York Times.

Some excerpts:

The leader of Catalonia on Wednesday urged the national government in Madrid to grant his region fiscal sovereignty, perhaps his strongest demand yet for more independence a day after hundreds of thousands of Catalans held a surprisingly large separatist rally in central Barcelona.

Recalling Spain’s return to democracy, after the death of Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975, Artur Mas, the Catalan leader, said, “Spain launched its transition 30 years ago and now it is our turn.” He added, “The first step to succeed in that is fiscal sovereignty.”

(...) Tuesday’s enormous rally, by contrast, was peaceful. On a Catalan public holiday, young parents pushed strollers covered in the yellow-and-red flag of Catalonia and groups of students walked to beating drums, in a carnival-like atmosphere.

Mr. Mas did not attend the rally. But the televised speech he made on Wednesday morning from the regional government’s palace was welcomed by Catalan separatists.

It was “his strongest statement to date in favor of separating from Spain,” said Salvador García Ruiz, a founder of Collectiu Emma, an association promoting Catalan interests.

“It shows that our politicians are being forced to follow the lead of our people, who are a long way ahead of them on the road toward independence,” he said.


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