• Electronic voting law for Catalans abroad passes first parliament test

    Electronic voting law for Catalans abroad passes first parliament test

    ARA – Amendments arguing that the law oversteps Catalonia’s powers and that it would be used for an independence referendum are rejected

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  • 2017 budget earmarks €5.8m for independence referendum

    2017 budget earmarks €5.8m for independence referendum

    ARA – Catalan government has also included a hidden item within the contingency funds in anticipation of a possible legal challenge to the explicit chapter

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  • Puigdemont questions Spain’s willingness to dialogue

    Puigdemont questions Spain’s willingness to dialogue

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – As it doesn’t include bilateral negotiation with Catalonia

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  • Spanish Government reiterates its wish for dialogue but closes door to a referendum

    Spanish Government reiterates its wish for dialogue but closes door to a referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – A vote on Catalonia’s independence would “liquidate the nation” according to the Vice President of the Spanish Government

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  • Catalan government launches campaign to promote benefits of timetable reform

    Catalan government launches campaign to promote benefits of timetable reform

    ARA – The Minister of the Presidency expects that changes in working hours could begin to be introduced in September 2018

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  • Government budget for 2017 allocates €5.8 M for pro-independence referendum

    Government budget for 2017 allocates €5.8 M for pro-independence referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Spanish Government will consider the “impugnability” of the budget

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  • Catalan Minister for Education aims to repeal Spanish Education Reform

    Catalan Minister for Education aims to repeal Spanish Education Reform

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – She considers it an ideological law, with regulations that break apart the Catalan education system

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  • DIPLOCAT appoints 39 internationally-known citizens to explain Catalonia to the world

    DIPLOCAT appoints 39 internationally-known citizens to explain Catalonia to the world

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Advisory Council includes former ambassadors, philosophers, businesspeople, musicians and sportspeople, among others

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  • Operation Catalonia 2

    Operation Catalonia 2

    ARA – PP has seen a slight personnel change with the departure of Fernández Diaz and the arrival of Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría to the “Catalan issue”, as independence is known in Madrid

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  • Francesc Homs: “We know what has to be done if we’re banned, but it’s best to keep our strategy close to the chest”

    Francesc Homs: “We know what has to be done if we’re banned, but it’s best to keep our strategy close to the chest”

    ARA – Francesc Homs is one step away from being tried by the Supreme Court for his involvement in the unofficial 2014 independence referendum

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@ThIsCatalonia

Who says what?

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist and activist

“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 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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