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Title: Catalonia declares independence from Spain
Post by: Id Rock on October 27, 2017, 06:01:01 PM
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The parliament of Catalonia has voted to declare independence from Spain.

Seventy legislators voted in favour, 10 voted against, while two cast blank ballots.

The decision was made during a secret vote in Barcelona on Friday afternoon.

The names of those who voted for independence were withheld, as the Spanish attorney general promised to charge those who voted in favour of independence with “rebellion”.

After the declaration, the Spanish government approved direct rule in Catalonia, allowing Madrid to directly administer the breakaway region.

Two right-wing parties, Citizens (Cs) and People's Party (PP), along with the centre-left Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC), left the Catalan parliament before the vote in protest.

Alberto Rivera, president of Cs, took to Twitter to call the vote "illegal". Miguel Iceta of the PSC said it was a "spectacular error".

During the special plenary in the Catalan parliament on Friday, Carles Riera of the far-left Popular Unity Candidacy party asked that the declaration be voted upon.

"We take this step on our feet, with our heads held high. Not on our knees like subjects, but as free people without fear," he said.

As the votes were counted, thousands in Barcelona cheered as they gathered on the streets.


Catalans voted in a disputed independence referendum on October 1 that was ruled illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court and met with police violence, which was condemned by rights groups and European leaders.

The Catalan government said 90 percent voted for independence, but turnout was less than 50 percent.

Puigdemont announced independence on October 10, but suspended the declaration after eight seconds to encourage dialogue with Madrid.

No dialogue is known to have taken place.

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Title: Re: Catalonia declares independence from Spain
Post by: zhen on October 30, 2017, 10:46:41 AM
I smell a war brewing