Pro-independence parties sign a declaration of independence at the Parliament of Catalonia. President Puigdemont temporarily suspends the effects of the declaration to give time for international mediation and a negotiated solution.
‘Yes’ to independence wins with 90% of votes cast in binding referèndum. Spanish police and paramilitary police confiscate ballot boxes and leave 894 people injured.
One million people support the October 1 self-determination referendum in the streets of Barcelona. Rajoy ignores the claim while Spain’s Public Prosecutor cites over 700 Catalan mayors and threatens them with arrest if they help to hold the referendum.
Catalan President announces self-determination referendum for October 1. The Catalan people will be called to answer the question “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a Republic?”
Former president Artur Mas is banned from public office for two years over 2014 symbolic vote on independence.
One million people ask for independence in five cities on Catalonia’s National Day.
Catalonia strikes and thousands march in support of referendum vote and against police violence. People’s Party spokesman qualifies the strike and the protests as being “nazi”.
Spain’s paramilitary police raids Catalan government offices and arrests 12 high-ranking officials in big anti-referendum operation. Spain’s attorney general orders police to seize ballot boxes and voting material as the Constitutional Court has declared the October 1 referendum as illegal.
Referendum law passed in Parliament provides legal framework to October 1 referendum. All ministers sign the decree which officially calls citizens to have their say on Catalan independence in a binding vote.
Catalan Government holds a conference in Madrid to defend again an agreement on the referendum. Less than 24 hours later, Rajoy’s answer to Catalonia with PSOE’s consent: there will be no referendum negotiation.
80,000 people defend Catalan institutions at rally against Spain’s use of the courts to stop the self-determination process.
Carles Puigdemont instated as the 130th president of Catalonia with the support of 70 out of 135 MPs.