• Homs, on the 9N trial: “Whatever they do they’ve already lost, whether they convict or acquit”

    Homs, on the 9N trial: “Whatever they do they’ve already lost, whether they convict or acquit”

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  • Over 400 legal proceedings related to the independence process in Catalonia

    Over 400 legal proceedings related to the independence process in Catalonia

    DIPLOCAT - The judicial persecution of local mayors and town hall councillors for political reasons goes on

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  • Catalan executive receives TC’s notification suspending the referendum

    Catalan executive receives TC’s notification suspending the referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The Government will go ahead "with or without Spain’s consent"

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  • Catalonia is no longer Spain (Opinion)

    Catalonia is no longer Spain (Opinion)

    ARA - Article by Galician writer Suso de Toro

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  • Puigdemont urges Spanish Government to present their proposal for Catalonia

    Puigdemont urges Spanish Government to present their proposal for Catalonia

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Catalan president laments lack of will to dialogue in Madrid

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  • Thousands march along Barcelona urging Spain to take in more refugees

    Thousands march along Barcelona urging Spain to take in more refugees

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Spain has only welcomed 516 of the 10,500 refugees established in the EC scheme of distribution

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  • Spanish Parliament to investigate operation aimed at smearing pro-independence process

    Spanish Parliament to investigate operation aimed at smearing pro-independence process

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Spanish Minister for Home Office implied in the 'Operation Catalonia'

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  • Catalan Government to keep referendum date despite TC suspension

    Catalan Government to keep referendum date despite TC suspension

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) suspended again the referendum proposal recently

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  • TC suspends referendum resolution and could take further legal action against Forcadell

    TC suspends referendum resolution and could take further legal action against Forcadell

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Catalan Government insists that they will call a referendum this year

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  • 9N, a trial (Opinion)

    9N, a trial (Opinion)

    ARA - Article by Artur Mas, 129th President of Catalonia

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Catalan history in 15 episodes

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Noam Chomsky

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“There’s a referendum coming up in Catalonia, another one in Scotland, asking about autonomy or independence. That’s dissolving the European State system, something that has just been going on for a while, and reconstructing the languages.” 08.04.14

Timeline

  • 30 September 2005

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

  • 18 June 2006

    The resulting Statute is ratified by the people of Catalonia via a referendum.

  • 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.

  • 11 September 2012

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

  • 20 September 2012

    Another “No” from Madrid.

  • 25 November 2012

    Elections are held in Catalonia. The result is that 80% of MPs in the new Parliament of Catalonia support the right to self-determination.

  • 13 March 2013

    A vast majority (77%) of the Catalan Parliament requests 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 a human chain covering 400 km from the north to the south of Catalonia calling for independence.

  • 16 January 2014

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

  • 8 April 2014

    The Spanish Parliament votes against transferring referendum powers to Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2014

    1.8 million people take to 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% of MPs in favour.

  • 27 September 2014

    The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signs the decree calling a popular consultation on 9 November.

  • 29 September 2014

    The Spanish Government urges the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend Catalonia’s popular consultation.

  • 4 October 2014

    97% of the municipalities of Catalonia (920 out of 947) pass motions in favour of the popular consultation.

  • 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, over 2.3 million Catalans vote in the participatory process: 80.76% vote for independence, 4.54% for the status quo and 10.07% for a “devo-max” or “third way solution”.

  • 12 November 2014

    Three days after the 9 November informal 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, as well as the Catalan Vice-President and the Minister of Education, because they “did not prevent” the 9 November vote.

  • 25 November 2014

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legally-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 People’s Party meeting.

  • 14 January 2015

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

  • 3 August 2015

    Catalan President officially calls elections for 27 September.

  • 11 September 2015

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

  • 27 September 2015

    With a record turnout of 74.95%, pro-independence parties obtain an absolute majority in Catalonia’s Parliamentary election with 72 out of 135 seats.

  • 10 January 2016

    Carles Puigdemont instated as the 130th president of Catalonia with the support of 70 out of 135 MPs.

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