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Catalonia’s Split With Spain Is About Identity, Not Just Money

Sunday, 8 october 2017 | BLOOMBERG
Barcelona and Madrid survived the tough times together, but even as Spain’s economy improves, their union is disintegrating.
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Spain: Excessive use of force by National Police and Civil Guard in Catalonia

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Amnesty International has directly confirmed on the ground that members of the National Police force's Police Intervention Unit (UIP) and Civil Guard officers used excessive and disproportionate force against demonstrators who were passively resisting in the streets and at the entrances to polling stations. The security forces were acting on the ruling of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), which ordered them to prevent the holding of a referendum. The Ministry of the Interior reports that the security forces intervened and shut down 92 polling stations. According to information from the Generalitat (the government of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia), there were a total of 2,315 polling stations, 400 of which were shut down by court order.
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Could Catalonia make a success of independence?

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | BBC News
Will they or won't they? The Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has told the BBC the region will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, following a controversial, illegal independence poll which Spanish police tried to stop. If they did, independence may well be blocked anyway. But supposing the region did secede, would Catalonia be able to stand on its own two feet?
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Chaos in Catalonia

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD   OCTOBER 2, 2017 The brutality of the Spanish police on Sunday in their mission to shut down the Catalan secession referendum succeeded mostly in deepening a political crisis. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had the law largely on his side, but Barcelona now has the television images and the solidarity and sympathy they generate, leaving the prime minister looking like an intransigent bully and rendering any possible political resolution of the conflict more remote. [+]

‘We are with you Catalunya’ – the revolt in Spain is bigger than flags and language

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Two million Catalans braved the threat of a police boot in the face to demand independence. As with Scotland and Greece, this was a modern, cosmopolitan form of nationalism

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Riot police prevent people entering the Ramon Llull school to vote. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

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The increasingly tense standoff over Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

Thursday, 5 october 2017 | THE NEW YORKER
THE NEW YORKER   04-10-2017.- By Jon Lee Anderson   Voting rights have been under siege in the U.S. in recent years, with charges of attempted electoral interference, legislation that seeks to make access to the polls more difficult, and gerrymandering, in a case that reached the Supreme Court this week. But no citizens here or in any democracy expect that they may be attacked by the police if they try to vote. Yet that is what happened on Sunday in the Spanish region of Catalonia, where thousands of members of the Guardia Civil paramilitary force, and riot police, were deployed by the central government in Madrid to prevent the Catalans from holding an “illegal” referendum on independence from Spain. [+]

Why Spain's catastrophic handling of the Catalonia crisis is a lesson for the world

Thursday, 5 october 2017 | WASHINGTON POST
  WASHINGTON POST   03-10-2017.-   By Frida Ghitis  (columnist for World Politics Review and a regular CNN.com opinion contributor)   The images from Spain this weekend have shocked the world — and many Spaniards, too. Yes, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had warned unequivocally that he would not allow Catalonia’s independence referendum to go ahead. Yet despite the crescendo of tensions ahead of Sunday’s vote, few expected to see bloodshed, much less on such a large scale. [+]

International observers: “We saw numerous and repeated violations of civil and human rights”

Thursday, 5 october 2017 | ACN
Helena Catt, head of the International Election Expert Research Team, said that "despite enormous obstacle and fear" they noted a "significant turnout" so the Catalan referendum "should be respected"
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OSCE/ODIHR Director calls on Spanish authorities to ensure respect for freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression

Thursday, 5 october 2017 | OSCE
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. 11 September 2017, Warsaw (OSCE/Piotr Dziubak) Photo details
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Spain’s Rajoy sets the stage for a bigger battle over Catalonia

Thursday, 5 october 2017 | THE WASHINGTON POST
THE WASHINGTON POST     02-10-2017   By Ishaan Tharoor Ishaan Tharoor     On Sunday, Catalonia's controversial independence referendum was marred by violence as national police clashed with voters defending their polling stations. In Barcelona, security forces sent by Madrid fired rubber bullets and used truncheons to break up protesters blocking their path, the vast majority of whom did not fight back. The brutality on show, while somewhat effective in disrupting the referendum, turned into a public relations disaster for Madrid and may deepen Spain's own political polarization. [+]


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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