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thousands rally across catalonia for independence from spain


thousands of catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from spain.






thousands rally across catalonia for independence from spain


barcelona, spain (ap) — thousands of catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from spain. many are carrying pro-independence flags and signs calling for the oct. 1 independence vote that the spanish government calls illegal and has pledged […]






thousands rally across catalonia for independence from spain


barcelona, spain (ap) — thousands of catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from spain. many are carrying pro-independence flags and signs calling for the oct. 1 vote that the spanish government calls illegal and has pledged to […]






spain already is another country for many in catalonia


sabadell, spain (ap) — the challenge facing spain as it moves to stifle the push for independence in its proud and wealthy catalonia region goes beyond stopping plans by separatist politicians to hold a referendum on secession. thousands of catalans already feel as if they live in another country in all but name. the red […]






thousands protest arrests by spain over catalonia vote


thousands gathered thursday at the gates of catalonia's regional judicial body in barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that spanish authorities are challenging as illegal.






spain already is another country for many in catalonia


the challenge facing spain as it moves to stifle the push for independence in its proud and wealthy catalonia region goes beyond stopping plans by separatist politicians to hold a referendum on secession.






spain's government moves to halt independence vote for catalonia, sparking prote


after years of largely ignoring catalan separatism, spain’s central government moved decisively wednesday to halt preparations for an independence referendum in its catalonia region, where memories of repression under the franco dictatorship linger. the spanish civil guard, a national paramilitary...






the latest: spain to deploy extra police for catalonia vote


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






the latest: spain hires ferries for more police in catalonia


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






contested future for catalonia's suspended independence vote


the future of a contentious referendum on catalonia's independence is up in the air after spain's constitutional court ordered a preliminary suspension but regional leaders vowed to go ahead, in defiance of madrid.






spain takes over coordinating police work in catalonia


spain's interior ministry began coordinating all police efforts saturday in catalonia, a tactic designed to halt the region's referendum on secession following tensions with the regional police force controlled by the pro-independence catalan government.






spain urges catalonia to debate independence in parliament


the spanish government has called on catalan president carles puigdemont to present his proposal for a regional independence referendum before parliament because the issue affects all of spain and would require a change in the country's constitution.






the latest: pro-independence famers rally on tractors


the latest on catalonia's plans to hold a referendum sunday on breaking away from spain (all times local):






the latest: madrid takes over catalonia bills to quell vote


the latest on the independence bid for spain's northeastern catalonia region (all times local):






catalonia announces october 1 independence referendum


leader of catalonia announces region will hold vote on splitting from spain in defiance of central government in madrid.






as catalan independence vote nears, europe supports keeping spain intact


a week before a highly contentious catalonia independence referendum, the catalan president continued to defy warnings from spain's national government to call off the october 1 "self rule" vote.






contested future for catalonia’s suspended independence vote


madrid (ap) — the future of a contentious referendum on catalonia’s independence is up in the air after spain’s constitutional court ordered a preliminary suspension but regional leaders vowed to go ahead, in defiance of madrid. prosecutors are looking into possible charges of disobedience, abuse of power and embezzlement against members of the catalan government, […]






the latest: spain seizes 10 million catalan ballot papers


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






the latest: spain takes control of catalan govt spending


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






the latest: spain's pm warns catalan officials to drop vote


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






spain pm pledges $4.57 billion investment in catalonia


madrid (ap) — spanish prime minister mariano rajoy has promised to invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.57 billion) in northwestern catalonia whose regional government is pushing for independence from spain mainly because of economic grievances. rajoy promised the investment, mostly in rail transport infrastructure between 2017 and 2020, while addressing business leaders tuesday in the catalan […]






spanish court suspends catalonia's independence vote


call for referendum on catalonia's independence suspended despite its regional parliament vote to go ahead with it.






pro-independence catalan mayors appear before prosecutors


the first of more than 700 mayors under investigation for supporting a planned independence referendum for spain's northeastern region of catalonia have appeared before prosecutors, but refused to testify.






hundreds of thousands march in barcelona for catalonia independence


they traveled down from the pyrenees mountains and up from seaside pueblos along spain’s northeastern coast, all in yellow separatist jerseys. with schools and offices shut for the day, children wore catalan flags and rode on their parents’ shoulders. the elderly sang an anthem banned during their...






spain pm accuses catalan leader of blackmail


spanish prime minister mariano rajoy has accused the president of catalonia of blackmailing the state following news reports that the powerful northeastern region has prepared a law to secede from spain immediately if it is not allowed hold an independence referendum.






catalonia independence referendum: all you need to know


referendum on independence for catalonia set to go ahead on october 1 despite government crackdown in the region.






ex-catalan leader on trial for holding vote on independence


barcelona, spain (ap) — the former head of catalonia’s regional government and two of his aides went on trial monday in barcelona for ignoring a constitutional ban and going ahead with a vote on the region’s independence from spain. the five-day trial is likely to inflame longstanding tensions between the central government and the supporters […]






spain pm calls new catalan secession plans "authoritarian"


spanish prime minister mariano rajoy has described as "authoritarian delirium" plans by the ruling parties in the northeastern catalonia region to declare independence from spain within 48 hours of a promised referendum oct. 1, if voters say "yes."






changes in catalan gov’t before vote on secession from spain


madrid (ap) — the leader of the northeastern spanish region of catalonia reshuffled his cabinet on friday to strengthen the regional government, which wants to hold a referendum on independence from spain promised for oct. 1. spain’s government says the vote is unconstitutional and has pledged to prosecute officials who take formal steps to hold […]






court condemns former catalan chief for vote on independence


former catalonia regional government chief artur mas is facing a two-year ban from holding public office for ignoring a ban and organizing a vote on the region's independence from spain, a court in barcelona ruled monday.






catalonia steps up separatist challenge with oct. 1 vote


barcelona, spain (ap) — catalonia’s regional government has chosen oct. 1 as the date for a referendum on a split from spain, stepping up the confrontation with the country’s central government, which sees the vote as illegal. regional president carles puigdemont said catalans will be asked if they want catalonia to be an independent republic. […]






spain to bring charges against catalan parliamentarians


members of catalonia's parliament who voted in favour of a referendum on independence set to face legal challenge.






catalan students rally to defend independence vote


high school and university students hold mass rally in barcelona to catalonia's right to vote.






spain to send extra police to try to halt catalan referendum


spain will deploy police reinforcements to catalonia to help maintain order if an independence referendum pledged by catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials said friday.






catalans to rally for right to be independent from spain


hundreds of thousands of people are expected to rally in barcelona monday to show support for an independent catalan nation and the right to vote in a contested referendum that has been banned by spain.