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If Spain wants to lose Catalonia, it will keep up its brutality - Macleans.ca

Opinion: Crackdowns, like Spain's assault on Catalan referendum voters, often produce exactly the change governments don't want. by Adrian Lee. Oct 4, 2017. Riot police face off with demonstrators outside a polling station for the banned independence ...and more »

Inside the Catalan feminist plan to upend Spanish patriarchal rule - PRI

In the 5 a.m. obscurity, Marta's and Laura's heavy eyelids are difficult to make out across the fence separating us, but nonetheless betray a sleepless night. The two young women are barricaded inside the Sandaru Cultural Center in Barcelona, a block ...and more »

Catalonia: hundreds of thousands join anti-independence rally in Barcelona - The Guardian

Police say 350,000 have protested against regional government's separatist course, but organisers say 930,000 joined in. Sam Jones in Madrid and Stephen Burgen in Barcelona. Sun 8 Oct 2017 10.03 EDT First published on Sat 7 Oct 2017 21.09 EDT.and more »

Catalan leader faces dilemma as silent majority finds its voice - The Guardian

Barcelona demonstrators give their own verdict on independence question, but have they left it too late? Simon Tisdall. Sun 8 Oct 2017 13.00 EDT Last modified on Mon 4 Dec 2017 09.46 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email ...and more »

Spanish court blocks Catalan parliament from declaring independence - The Guardian

Constitutional court suspends Monday session, ruling that allowing possible declaration would violate MPs' rights. Sam Jones in Barcelona. @swajones. Fri 6 Oct 2017 02.27 EDT First published on Thu 5 Oct 2017 09.09 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on ...and more »

'Catalonia is Spain': Protests snub call for Catalan independence - CNN

Barcelona, Spain (CNN) Large crowds protested in Barcelona on Sunday to demand that their regional Catalan leaders hold fire on declaring independence from Spain, as they have threatened to do in a matter of days. Catalan leaders held an independence ...and more »

Catalonia's referendum unmasks authoritarianism in Spain - The Conversation US

I have long worried about the rise of authoritarianism in the European Union. The Spanish government's violent crackdown during the Catalonia referendum on Oct. 1 is the latest crisis to challenge EU institutions. Several member states are facing ...and more »

Carles Puigdemont: The man who wants to break up Spain - BBC News

Catalonia's sacked President Carles Puigdemont has spearheaded the region's peaceful drive for independence from Spain. In defiance of the law and Spain's constitution, he has pushed forward in the hope of international recognition. But his zeal for ...and more »

Spain: government apologises for policing of Catalan referendum - The Guardian

Senior official says he apologises on behalf of officers but says Catalan government is to blame for unrest. Sam Jones in Madrid. @swajones. Fri 6 Oct 2017 09.57 EDT First published on Fri 6 Oct 2017 05.03 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...and more »

"The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below - Open Democracy

Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society. Pro-Separatists of the Catalonian independence ...and more »