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Stifling Debate on Catalonia

Thursday, 18 may 2017 | NEW YORK TIMES
Letter to the Editor by Mark Jeffery (Barcelona)

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Forcadell: "We refuse to bow to the censorship of those who seek to curtail parliamentary debate"

Sunday, 14 may 2017 | ARA
ARA   NÚRIA ORRIOLS / GERARD PRUNA   09-05-2017 "With my head held high and with the peace of mind of knowing that the members of the Parliamentary Bureau acted correctly and in accordance with our duties". These were the words of the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, in a public appearance following her statement before the High Court of Justice of Catalonia [TSJC in Catalan] on charges of disobedience. "We will accept neither censorship nor self-censorship," she declared, adding that if they have been indicted by the TSJC it is for having stood up for the MPs’ "freedom of expression". [+]

Catalan independence referendum conforms to Spanish constitution, say 600 lawyers

Wednesday, 10 may 2017 | CNA
Around 600 jurists signed a manifesto in favor of holding a referendum on independence in Catalonia in accordance with the Spanish government. The signers of the text, which was presented on Wednesday at the Bar Association, gave “full support” to the celebration of such a vote. Furthermore, they stated that the referendum is “legitimate and legal” and that “it fits” within the Spanish Constitution. They also warned that “continuous opposition” from Madrid to coming to an agreement about the referendum justifies “other options” for Catalonia’s citizens to be able to express themselves on how they want to decide their future. Catalonia's Minister of Justice, Carles Mundó, was also present at the signing of the manifesto.

La carta que los diputados británicos han enviado a Rajoy en defensa de Forcadell

Tuesday, 9 may 2017 | ELNACIONAL.CAT
ELNACIONAL.CAT   02-05-2017   Esta es la transcripción de la carta que un grupo de diputados británicos han enviado al presidente del gobierno español, Mariano Rajoy, y a la que ha tenido acceso El Nacional, para pedir que se detenga el proceso judicial contra la presidenta del Parlament, Carme Forcadell. Estimado Presidente, En nuestra condición de miembros del Parlamento del Reino Unido, le escribimos para expresarle nuestra preocupación respecto a la citación de la Sra. [+]

Spanish diplomats warned French journalist against moderating an event about Catalonia

Saturday, 6 may 2017 | CNA
Spanish diplomats tried to pressure the moderator of an event with former Catalan president, Artur Mas, in Brussels. The correspondent from the French newspaper Libération, Jean Quatremer, admitted on Tuesday that when he agreed to present the event with the former Catalan president, he received some “news from Madrid”. “They called to ask me why I had accepted, and if I was sure about what I was getting into, and obviously I was,” said the correspondent, stressing that he is not in favor of independence. During the conference, Mas defended the demands for a referendum in Catalonia and said regretfully that “the only” dialogue that the Spanish state offers to the Catalan people is with “the judges”.

Catalan Parliament President to face court on May 8 for allowing debate on independence

Wednesday, 3 may 2017 | VILAWEB
She is accused of disobedience for not stopping the discussion, which was suspended by the Constitutional Court after a Spanish government complaint

A new kind of Catalonia?

Wednesday, 3 may 2017 | MEDIUM CORPORATION
MEDIUM CORPORATION   PATRICK JACKSON   23-04-2017.-   Lost to view in the global news arena this week, somewhere between France’s unprecedented election campaign and the UK’s calling of a snap post-Brexit poll, the peaceloving cause of Catalan independence edged forward. I spent a week in November 2014 reporting for BBC News on Catalonia’s first stab at a referendum on independence. Remember that one? The non-binding ballot which Spain declared illegal and tried to ignore after 80% of participants voted “out”?   Thanks to a tip from a contact in Barcelona, I became aware of a new development this Wednesday: the launch of a grassroots “Si” (“Yes”) campaign for the next vote (the pictures above were posted by tweeters in the region). [+]

British MPs, diplomats and journalists debate Catalonia’s independence roadmap at Westminster

Saturday, 29 april 2017
More than 150 people attended the first debate organized by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Catalonia, created last March in the British Parliament. Under the title ‘A Democratic Solution for Catalonia’ SNP MP George Kerevan, who is one of the main promoters of the APPG, Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams, the Daily Mirror’s Political editor, Jason Beattie, and former Consul for Great Britain in Barcelona, Geoff Cowling, among others, discussed both Catalonia’s pro-independence roadmap and the ways to overcome the current deadlock. “There is only one democratic solution and it is to let the people vote,” said Kerevan and warned that stopping them “is not the European way”. He also criticized the Spanish Government's decision to ban democratically-elected Catalan political representatives from public office. Cowley pointed at the Spanish Constitution, which he defined as “very rigid” as the main hurdle for Catalonia to hold a referendum. “Sometimes, facing up to the political realities of the day is more important than adhering to past legislation,” he said.

There Will Always Be Spanish Catalonia

Friday, 28 april 2017 | MODERN DIPLOMACY
MODERN DIPLOMACY   By BHASO NDZENDZE   17-04-2017   On October 6th 2016, the Parliament of Catalonia designated the 17th of September 2017 as the date in which the population of that region are to vote in a referendum to determine whether to remain as part of the Kingdom of Spain or formally assume the status of a sovereign country.   Catalonia’s Regional President Carles Puigdemont made it clear that though he would ideally hold the referendum with the central government’s approval, he would hold it “with or without Spain’s blessing. [+]

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