Scotsman: Barcelona to host million-strong rally for Catalan independence. Polls suggest many Catalans are looking to an independent future. Up TO one million people are expected to join a pro-Catalan independence rally tonight in Barcelona called under the slogan “Catalunya: a new European state”.
Pro-Independence catalans gather in Catalunya square during a Pro-Independence rally on October 19, 2014 in Barcelona, Catalonia. President of Catalonia announced to hold an unofficial poll instead of independence referendum on November 9 in an attempt to avoid the suspension imposed by the Constitutional Spanish Court.
Large rally in Barcelona opposes moves for Catalan independence from the rest of Spain - The Washington Post. Thousands of people gathered in Barcelona on Saturday to assert their right to be Spanish as well as Catalan in a protest designed to demonstrate to separatists that a significant proportion of the region’s population is against splitting away from Spain. #12OFatxa #stopfeixisme #12Ofatxa5000igracies
Scotsman News. Peter Jones: Reds flag a warning from Catalonia. After a pro-independence demonstration in which perhaps a quarter of the population took part, and elections which handed pro-referendum parties a convincing majority, it seems more likely that pressures for a referendum will grow.
People gather during the 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes) coalition closing rally on September 25, 2015 in Barcelona, Catalonia. The main Catalanist parties, Catalan Democratic Convergence 'Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya' party (CDC) and Republican Leftist of Catalonia 'Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya' party (ERC) have joined together to form a Catalan pro-independence coalition 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes).
Catalans form human chain for independence from Spain
Catalans form human chain for #independence from Spain - BBC. Supporters of Catalonia's independence from Spain have joined hands to form a 400km (250-mile) human chain across the region in support of their cause. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the event, which comes on #Catalonia's national day. Regional President Artur Mas has been urging Madrid to allow the region a #referendum on independence in 2014. #ViaCatalana #CatalanWay #Diada #Catalunya
The Economist: Europe’s next independent state? Separatists are excited, though the polls are misleading. Whereas one-third of Catalans are convinced separatists, many others are simply enraged by their tax money propping up poorer regions. Eight percent of Catalan GDP, or €16 billion ($21 billion) a year, is siphoned off, they claim. As regional health and education cuts in Catalonia bite, they feel mugged.
People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Catalonia. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the start of the Catalonian parliamentary election campaign. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold regional elections on September 27.
Catalan leader sets date for vote on independence from Spain despite opposition - cnn.com, Laura Smith-Spark, Susannah Cullinane and Al Goodman, September 27, 2014. "The president of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, signed a decree on Saturday setting November 9 as the date for a referendum on independence. Mas, at the signing ceremony in Barcelona, said that Catalonia wants to speak, wants to be heard and wants to vote."