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Spain must listen to Catalonia

Sunday, 21 january 2018 | CGTN
  CGTN (16-01-2018)   By LIZ CASTRO     Frustrated with broken promises from the Spanish government for support for their culture, infrastructure and self-government, the Catalan people have been mobilizing for the past 10 years to demand democratic representation. They have demonstrated peacefully and massively, putting more than a million people on the streets (out of total population of just 7.5 million) six times in seven years. Their demands are simple: they want to be able to decide their own political future at the ballot box. [+]

People Are Still Yearning for Independence in Barcelona

Sunday, 21 january 2018 | THE NATIONAL INTEREST
Last year, the region of Catalonia in Spain declared independence. The government in Madrid came down hard. What's happened since then?
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Catalonia won’t be silenced

Saturday, 13 january 2018 | POLITICO
Despite Madrid’s best efforts, support for independence keeps growing.
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Trump has another shot to help Catalonia score independence

Wednesday, 3 january 2018 | THE HILL
THE HILL 30-12-2017     By EDWARD LYNCH   Two almost simultaneous but seemingly unrelated events provide President Trump and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley a rare opportunity to match words with actions and accomplish multiple foreign policy goals. In one case, the United States is getting a second chance at an important opportunity, which must not be missed again. The first event was the election for a new regional parliament in the rebellious Spanish region of Catalonia. [+]

Catalonia’s Crisis Is Just Getting Started

Tuesday, 2 january 2018 | FOREIGN POLICY
Spain's prime minister tried, and failed, to strong-arm Catalonia. The result is an enduring stalemate.
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Catalan voters have spoken — again

Sunday, 31 december 2017 | POLITICO
POLITICO     By Liz Castro | 12/22/17     BARCELONA — The story goes that if you put a frog into lukewarm water and then turn up the heat, it won’t notice the gradually increasing temperature until it is too late. That would have been a good characterization of what was happening to Catalonia between the transition from the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s and the year 2000. From the outside, things might have looked rosy, but from the inside, people felt like they were gradually getting boiled. [+]

Catalonia’s hopes for peace stall as further wave of arrests feared

Wednesday, 27 december 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Tensions continue to rise as Catalans elect 19 jailed, exiled or bailed politicians, and separatists claim the judiciary is acting on Madrid’s orders

IMAGE: Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s exiled president, takes questions after the election results were declared. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty Images
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Letter from Estremera prison: “We can’t trust Madrid to oversee Catalonia’s election — the EU must step in”

Sunday, 3 december 2017
The people’s votes must not just be counted. They must count, argues Oriol Junqueras from Estremera prison, in Madrid.
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PEN International concerned about deteriorating climate for freedom of expression in Catalonia

Sunday, 26 november 2017 | IFEX25
IFEX.ORG   23-11-2017   Pen International   PEN International is extremely concerned about increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and opinion in Catalonia during and following the referendum on independence of 1 October 2017. As the upcoming regional election on 21 December draws near, the organisation is particularly alarmed by reports of unprecedented levels of harassment and violence against journalists.   "For any election to be free and fair, it is vital and self-evident that journalists should be able to work without harassment, intimidation, and undue interference, so that they can operate freely, talk to anyone they want, and write what they wish. [+]

Carles Puigdemont: This is not just about Catalonia. This is about democracy itself

Sunday, 12 november 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Spain has imposed a political agenda that goes against the will of the majority of Catalans. We will defend our rights to the end
 
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Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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