October

HRW probe: Spanish police used ‘excessive force’ on October 1

Renowned NGO Human Rights Watch has conducted an international, independent investigation into the October 1 incidents in Catalonia. Their report concludes that Spain’s Policía Nacional and Guardia Civil used “excessive force”. Over one thousand people were injured as a result of attacks by Spanish law enforcement officers. The NGO’s report is based on footage and pictures taken on October 1, the accounts of several eye-witnesses and victims of police brutality, as well as medical evidence….




The Catalan government starts sending notifications to the October 1 electoral agents

The Catalan government has already started sending notifications to those chosen to be the electoral agents, set to work the polling stations for the October 1 referendum. Spokesperson of pro-independence ruling coalition Together for Yes (JxS) Marta Rovira discussed the subject this morning in an interview with Flaixbac radio. According to Rovira, this is just the beginning of the notices being sent out – it’s begun, but it has yet to finish, during this final…


October 1: by a few decimal points

“If 48% of electors are in favour of a proposal, 5% are against it and 47% intend to abstain, the 5% of opponents need only desert the ballot box in order to impose their viewpoint, even though they are very much in the minority. […] Encouraging either abstention or the imposition of a minority viewpoint is not healthy for democracy”. This explanation of why it does not seem reasonable to set a turn-out quorum in…


Government to recruit 4,500 volunteers for October 1 referendum

Government to recruit 4,500 volunteers for October 1 referendum CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, announced on Wednesday that the Government will recruit 4,500 volunteers to become election officials for the independence referendum. The volunteers, who do not need to be civil servants, will be trained to guarantee the proper functionality of the voting. Puigdemont thereby guaranteed that nobody will be forced to work as an election official on October 1 against his…


Catalonia to hold self-determination referendum on October 1, 2017

Catalonia to hold self-determination referendum on October 1, 2017 CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan independence referendum will be held on October 1, 2017, the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, said Friday. Citizens will be asked: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a Republic?” Puigdemont announced the date and question for the referendum flanked by Vice President Oriol Junqueras and the rest of his government. Members of Parliament from both…


Catalonia to hold independence referendum on October 1, 2017

Catalonia to hold independence referendum on October 1, 2017 CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan independence referendum will be held on October 1, 2017, the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, said Friday. Citizens will be asked: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a Republic?” Puigdemont announced the date and question for the referendum flanked by Vice President Oriol Junqueras and the rest of his government. Members of Parliament from both…


The new Catalan Parliament to be constituted on Monday 26th of October

The new Catalan Parliament to be constituted on Monday 26th of October CNA / Sara Prim Barcelona (CNA).- Current Catalan President, Artur Mas, signed this Wednesday the decree which sets the 26th of October as the day of the plenary session to constitute the new Parliament. Although Mas has used up the maximum legal term for signing the decree calling for the constitution of the new Parliament, the negotiations between cross-party list ‘Junts Pel Sí’…



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