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The Guardian · Artur Mas “The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course”

The Guardian · Artur Mas “The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course”

The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course. On Sunday, 2,305,290 people voted at 1,317 polling stations across Catalonia, in addition to 13,573 Catalans who voted worldwide. This was a similar turnout to May’s European elections. A cross-party international delegation of observers, which included members of different European and national parliaments, stated […]

The referendum that isn’t: Catalonia’s gambit

The referendum that isn’t: Catalonia’s gambit

There will be queues and ballot boxes, or receptacles resembling them. And more than 1m people may turn out to back independence. But this is not Scotland: the main upshot of Sunday’s mock referendum in Catalonia, a wealthy Spanish region, may be complaints that residents can’t participate in a real one. The central authorities in […]

Iran Today · Pro-independence Catalans hold gathering ahead of vote

Iran Today · Pro-independence Catalans hold gathering ahead of vote

Pro-independence activists from Catalonia have joined a large gathering in Barcelona ahead of an upcoming symbolic referendum on the autonomous region’s separation from Spain. On Friday, thousands of people convened at the National Museum of Catalonia in a gathering organized by the region’s National Assembly (ANC) and the Omnium Cultural civil society association, Press TV […]

Libération · Catalogne: consultation symbolique sur l’indépendance, vrai défi à Madrid

Libération · Catalogne: consultation symbolique sur l’indépendance, vrai défi à Madrid

Bravant les obstacles posés par Madrid, les nationalistes catalans veulent recueillir dimanche, dans une consultation symbolique, suffisamment de voix pour conduire la Catalogne, une des régions les plus puissantes d’Espagne, vers l’indépendance. A l’appel du gouvernement catalan d’Artur Mas, les 5,4 millions de résidents de plus de 16 ans sont invités à répondre à deux […]

Scottish unionist MP leads the international committee monitoring the Catalan independence vote

Scottish unionist MP leads the international committee monitoring the Catalan independence vote

‘Before being a Unionist, before being a Conservative, I am a democrat’ Ian Duncan argues A Scottish unionist politician, MEP Ian Duncan, will lead the international observers’ delegation responsible for monitoring Sunday’s independence vote. Duncan is member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group for the British Conservative party, led by British PM David Cameron. […]

New York Times · Rallying Catalans to the separatist cause

New York Times · Rallying Catalans to the separatist cause

The speech, before hundreds of thousands of pro-independence Catalans, was as straightforward as the seven-mile-long V for vote that the crowd formed along two of the main avenues of Barcelona, Catalonia’s regional capital. “We will vote, and we will win,” the speaker, Carme Forcadell, a teacher and onetime local politician turned street activist, told the […]

Ian Duncan · Why is a unionist in Catalonia?

Ian Duncan · Why is a unionist in Catalonia?

I am in Catalonia. This weekend, 9th November to be exact, Catalans will vote in what is formally called the ‘citizen participation process on the political future of Catalonia’. It sounds slightly better in Catalan: ‘procés de participació ciutadana sobre el futur polític de Catalunya’, but only slightly. Had it not been for a prolonged […]

Zee News India · Army of volunteers canvasses for Catalan independence

Zee News India · Army of volunteers canvasses for Catalan independence

Knocking on neighbours` doors in central Barcelona, 46-year-old engineer Jaime Gutierrez and retiree Toni Vinas, 74, are out canvassing their fellow Catalans to vote Yes to independence from Spain. Going door to door in the neighbourhood around the city`s Sagrada Familia Cathedral, they are just two in an army of volunteers mobilised for the ballots […]

Let Catalans vote

Let Catalans vote

A majority of Catalans have repeatedly expressed in different ways the wish to exercise their democratic right to vote on their political future. This strong demand to vote is the result of longstanding dissension between the governments of Catalonia and Spain over the degree of cultural, political, and financial autonomy that Catalans should enjoy, despite […]

NPR · Catalonia’s President makes his case for independence from Spain

NPR · Catalonia’s President makes his case for independence from Spain

When the international press corps descend on the Catalan capital Barcelona, as they are this weekend to cover the region’s symbolic independence vote, Catalan President Artur Mas often holds a news conference. Here’s how he usually begins: “I’ll try to answer your questions in whatever language you ask them,” Mas says. “Catalan, Spanish, French, English […]

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