• Spanish Prosecutor demands 9-year ban from public office for Homs for allowing 9N symbolic vote

    Spanish Prosecutor demands 9-year ban from public office for Homs for allowing 9N symbolic vote

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Strategy to prosecute pro-independence Catalan politicians goes on

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  • Romeva on Mario Soares: “He understood the singularity of Catalonia’s democratic demands”

    Romeva on Mario Soares: “He understood the singularity of Catalonia’s democratic demands”

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs attends funeral of former Portuguese President

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  • Latvia’s Anti-fraud Office denies Dombrovskis was bribed to back Catalan independence

    Latvia’s Anti-fraud Office denies Dombrovskis was bribed to back Catalan independence

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – A magazine spread the news last year attributing it to a report by the Spanish police

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  • Puigdemont won’t stand for president in next Catalan elections

    Puigdemont won’t stand for president in next Catalan elections

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – His commitment ends with the elections that will take place after the independence referendum

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  • How far are they prepared to go?  (Opinion)

    How far are they prepared to go? (Opinion)

    ARA – Article by Andreu Mas-Colell, former Catalan Minister of Economy and Knowledge

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  • PP and PSOE delay new Constitutional Court term

    PP and PSOE delay new Constitutional Court term

    ARA – The terms of four judges, including the court’s president, expired last year.

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  • Ramon Tremosa: “It is to the Catalan independence movement’s advantage that Rajoy is still in the Moncloa”

    Ramon Tremosa: “It is to the Catalan independence movement’s advantage that Rajoy is still in the Moncloa”

    ARA – Interview with PDECat MEP, who has recently published ‘The Europe They Have Caused to Fail’

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  • Catalan government refuses to call early elections. “The objective is to go ahead with the referendum”

    Catalan government refuses to call early elections. “The objective is to go ahead with the referendum”

    ARA – Munté declares that being open to a negotiated referendum is compatible with proceeding with the arrangements in case no agreement is reached

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  • Homs, one step from trial: “They’re judging a people”

    Homs, one step from trial: “They’re judging a people”

    ARA – The ex-minister won’t appeal the interlocutory order, reserving “the artillery” for the judge.

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  • Rajoy reiterates that he won’t authorise a referendum in Catalonia

    Rajoy reiterates that he won’t authorise a referendum in Catalonia

    ARA – The Spanish prime minister admits that a constitutional amendment won’t solve the problem of Catalonia’s place within Spain

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Who says what?

Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall

Musician

“You have to ask the people what they want. You must let them vote in a referendum and watch the result. The first step is to know what the people in Catalonia think and afterwards it is everyones responsibility to accomplish the will of the majority.” 03.07.14

“Gandhi said that if a law goes against human dignity, you must be able to go against this law. If the Spanish Constitution doesn’t allow an important part of Catalan society to express themselves, it loses its value because it goes against human dignity. Catalonia has the right to vote and it’s unfair that basic rights are denied.” 17.10.14

Timeline

  • 30 September 2005

    The Parliament of Catalonia passes a proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy.

  • 18 June 2006

    After being approved by the Parliament of Catalonia and the two chambers of the Spanish Parliament, the Statute is ratified by the people of Catalonia via a referendum.

  • 13 September 2009

    The town of Arenys de Munt (Barcelona) holds a non-binding referendum on self-determination. During the following year 554 towns follow suit.

  • 28 June 2010

    Almost four years after it became law, the Spanish Constitutional Court rewrites 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterprets 27 others.

  • 10 July 2010

    As a response to the Court’s sentence, a huge protest under the slogan ‘We are a nation. We decide!’ is organized.

  • 28 November 2010

    Elections for the Parliament of Catalonia result in a change in the balance of power. Victory is for current president Artur Mas.

  • 11 September 2012

    On Catalan National Day, 1.5 million people attend a demonstration in Barcelona with ‘Catalonia: Next State in Europe’ as its slogan.

  • 20 September 2012

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy rejects the Catalan President’s offer for a new fiscal agreement.

  • 25 November 2012

    Early elections are held. As a result, 80% of the Parliament of Catalonia support the right to self-determination.

  • 23 January 2013

    The Catalan Sovereignty Declaration is adopted by the Catalan Parliament.

  • 13 March 2013

    A vast majority (77%) of the Catalan Parliament request the Catalan President to start negotiations with the Spanish Government so as to hold a self-determination referendum in Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2013

    About 2 million Catalans hold hands to form The Catalan Way Towards Independence – a human chain covering 400 km from the north to the south of Catalonia.

  • 12 December 2013

    The Catalan Government and six parties agree on the date and the question for the self-determination referendum.

  • 16 January 2014

    The Parliament of Catalonia makes a formal petition asking the Spanish Government to transfer the necessary powers to hold the referendum (like Westminster has done with Scotland).

  • 8 April 2014

    The Spanish Parliament votes against transferring referendum powers to Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2014

    1.8 M people take the streets of Barcelona to celebrate Catalonia’s National Day and ask to vote on 9 November.

  • 19 September 2014

    The Catalan Parliament approves the Law on Non-Binding Popular Consultations with 79% in favour MPs.

  • 27 September 2014

    The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signs the decree calling an independence vote on 9 November.

  • 29 September 2014

    The Spanish Government holds an extraordinary meeting and urges the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend Catalonia’s self-determination vote.

  • 4 October 2014

    97% of the municipalities of Catalonia (920 out of 947) pass motions in favour of an independence vote on 9 November.

  • 14 October 2014

    Due to the Constitutional Court’s suspension of the scheduled consultation, President Mas announces a new vote through a public participatory process.

  • 9 November 2014

    Despite the impediments of the Spanish government and the state’s judicial bodies, +2.3M Catalans vote in the participatory process on independence: 80.76% in favour and 4.54% against.

  • 12 November 2014

    Three days after the 9N vote, Spanish PM Rajoy makes an official statement on the subject. He says that “it was not a democratic vote, but an act of political propaganda and a useless farce”.

  • 21 November 2014

    The Spanish State Prosecutor files a complaint and seeks criminal charges against President Mas, the Vice-President and the Minister of Education in relation to the 9N vote.

  • 25 November 2014

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legal binding vote on independence.

  • 29 November 2014

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy visits Barcelona for the first time since the 9 November vote and strongly criticizes Catalonia’s self-determination plans in a Popular Party meeting.

  • 14 January 2015

    Catalonia will have a de facto independence referendum via early election on 27 September.

  • 3 August 2015

    Catalan President officially calls elections for 27 September.

  • 11 September 2015

    Nearly 2 million people take the streets of Barcelona to rally for independence.

  • 27 September 2015

    With a record turnout of 77.4%, pro-independence parties obtain absolute majority in Catalonia’s Parliamentary election with 72 out of 135 seats (47.8% of votes).

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