• Forty international personalities call to let Catalans vote

    Forty international personalities call to let Catalans vote

    DIPLOCAT - The list includes five Nobel Prize Winners, human rights activists and personalities from the world of art and culture, politics and philosophy

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  • Greens-EFA co-president and MEPs meet Catalan President to discuss referendum

    Greens-EFA co-president and MEPs meet Catalan President to discuss referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - They also talked about the cornerstones of European politics

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  • Sued Catalan MPs defend their immunity in court

    Sued Catalan MPs defend their immunity in court

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - They are accused of disobedience and perversion of justice in relation to a debate on independence in the Chamber

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  • Conservative MEP calls for “mediation” between Catalonia and Spain

    Conservative MEP calls for “mediation” between Catalonia and Spain

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Sipra Pietikäinen considers Forcadells' prosecution a "very hard" reaction

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  • Catalonia warns Spain it will not allow “threats” against ballot box manufacturers

    Catalonia warns Spain it will not allow “threats” against ballot box manufacturers

    ARA - The Catalan executive trusts that suppliers won’t pull back despite the pressure from Spain, arguing that “no law” prevents them from purchasing ballot boxes

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  • Spain keeps persecuting Catalan language

    Spain keeps persecuting Catalan language

    DIPLOCAT - 45 examples from the last 10 years in Catalonia

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  • Anti-independence leader Arrimadas considers referendum “a collective farce”

    Anti-independence leader Arrimadas considers referendum “a collective farce”

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The leader of the opposition party is sure that the vote will not take place

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  • British MPs accuse Rajoy of breaching freedom of speech by prosecuting Forcadell

    British MPs accuse Rajoy of breaching freedom of speech by prosecuting Forcadell

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - She faces court for permitting a debate on independence in the Chamber

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  • The Catalan government insists that the referendum is its “Plan A” and its “Plan B”

    The Catalan government insists that the referendum is its “Plan A” and its “Plan B”

    ARA - It will be held no later than the second half of September and will be legally binding

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  • UN urged to protect Catalans’ right to a referendum

    UN urged to protect Catalans’ right to a referendum

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - A group of Catalan civil society organizations send a letter to the UN Secretary General

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“I am in favour of the referendum in Catalonia. I think this is what is most democratic, because in the end the people must have the right to vote.” 16.09.14

Timeline

  • 31 October 2003

    After 25 years of unsatisfactory interpretations of the 1979 Statute and a continued failure to implement it properly, Catalan political parties propose to set out definitively the political status of Catalonia within Spain.

  • 16 November 2003

    Parties supporting a new Statute of Autonomy obtain 88% of seats and the popular vote in the Catalan elections.

  • 30 September 2005

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

  • 1 February 2006

    The Spanish People’s Party starts a campaign against the new Catalan Statute.

  • 10 May 2006

    The Spanish Parliament approves a watered-down version of the Statute.

  • 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.

  • 20 November 2011

    General elections in Spain result in a new absolute majority for the People’s Party.

  • 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’.

  • 4 November 2014

    The Spanish Constitutional Court suspends the public participatory process five days before the date of the event.

  • 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.

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