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World Catalan leader urges Spain to start talks on independence referendum

07:35  23 october  2019
07:35  23 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Violent protests erupt in Spain as Catalan leaders given lengthy prison sentences

  Violent protests erupt in Spain as Catalan leaders given lengthy prison sentences Catalonia has been pushing to secede from Spain for decades.The separatist leaders were found guilty of sedition, disobedience or misuse of public funds. The prosecution had asked for a charge brutal rebellion, which would have carried a sentence up to 25 years in prison, but the seven judges ruled against it.

Proponents of Catalan secession from Spain often use the term "self-determination" to refer to being able to vote on the matter and subsequently act Spain 's main parties have consistently rejected calls for an independence referendum and acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez spurned Torra during a

The Catalan independence referendum of 2017, also known by the numeronym 1-O (for "1 October") in Spanish media, was an independence referendum held on 1 October 2017 in the Spanish

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's regional government leader called on Madrid on Tuesday to open talks on self-determination for the restive Spanish region after days of at-times violent protests over jail sentences for nine separatist leaders.

Joaquim Torra wearing glasses: FILE PHOTO: Catalan leader Quim Torra sits in the Parliament in Barcelona© Reuters/ALBERT GEA FILE PHOTO: Catalan leader Quim Torra sits in the Parliament in Barcelona

"Let's talk about everything, seriously, one-on-one negotiations," Quim Torra told Reuters in an interview at the regional government palace in Barcelona, referring to Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez as his counterpart.

"Obviously the government of Catalonia will go to this negotiation with our proposal over the table that is a referendum agreed between Spain and Catalonia and with the international community behind it," the secessionist leader said.

30 people arrested during Catalan protests: police

  30 people arrested during Catalan protests: police Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 30 people overnight across Catalonia for their roles in clashes with police during protests over the jailing of nine separatist leader over a failed 2017 independence bid. Pro-independence groups staged sit-ins outside Spanish government offices in a number of Catalan cities late Tuesday, with around 40,000 people taking part in Barcelona and 9,000 in the separatist stronghold of Girona, according to municipal and regional police.

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia 's regional government leader called on Madrid on Tuesday to open talks on self-determination for Proponents of Catalan secession from Spain often use the term Spain 's main parties have consistently rejected calls for an independence referendum and acting

Catalonia 's regional government leader called on Madrid on Tuesday to open talks on self-determination for the restive Spanish region Pro- independence activists light their mobiles during a protest outside the Spanish government delegation offices in Barcelona, Spain October 21, 2019.

Spain's main parties have consistently rejected calls for an independence referendum and Sanchez spurned Torra during a quick visit to Catalonia on Monday, accusing him of failing in his duty to restore order and condemn protest violence.

The wealthy northeastern region was rocked by nine consecutive nights of protests after nine Catalan separatist leaders on Oct. 14 were convicted to long jail terms over sedition for leading a failed 2017 bid for independence that included holding a banned referendum.

The atmosphere has calmed down since Sunday, however.

The unrest has been a challenge for Sanchez, who faces a repeat parliamentary election next month.

Torra said the secessionist movement aimed to get over 50% of the region's vote in the Spanish election after the mass protests, which he said would legitimize its cause and strengthen its push for independence.

Nearly 100 injured in Catalan protests

  Nearly 100 injured in Catalan protests After another night of clashes in Catalonia which left nearly 100 people injured according to emergency services, activists again blocked roads on Thursday in the northeastern region of Spain. Several roads were blocked across Catalonia on Thursday due to marches which departed from five Catalan towns the day before heading for Barcelona, local officials said. The marchers plan to converge in Barcelona on Friday when unions have called a general strike in the region.The violence erupted on Monday just hours after Spain's Supreme Court handed down the prison sentences to nine Catalan leaders for their role in the failed independence bid in 2017.

Catalonia 's regional government leader called on Madrid on Tuesday to open talks on self-determination for Proponents of Catalan secession from Spain often use the term Spain ’s main parties have consistently rejected calls for an independence referendum and acting Prime Minister

As a result of the advisory 2017 Catalan independence referendum , reactions came from a multitude of avenues, including the domestic central state and other official bodies, as well as international commentary.

Asked about the possibility of a new plebiscite being held without Spain's consent, Torra said he was seeking a wide agreement among Catalan parties on a road map towards the region's independence, so no options were ruled out.

What he ruled out again was to call for snap elections in the region.

At a news conference earlier, Torra urged Sanchez "to initiate a dialog without conditions" despite the premier's refusal to meet him or pick up his calls in the past four days.

Speaking to Reuters, Torra rejected any blame for the riots, saying he supported peaceful protests and said Sanchez was "irresponsible" in refusing to talk.

He added that he supported Democratic Tsunami, a secretive Catalan group that promoted a massive protest at Barcelona airport eight days ago, after the court's verdict was announced, which caused dozens of flight cancellations and led a Spanish judge to order the closure of its websites.

Catalan Protesters Are Told to Avoid IPhone, Stick to Android

  Catalan Protesters Are Told to Avoid IPhone, Stick to Android Catalan independence activists looking for information on how to take part in the next protest against Spain can rely on a handy, two-day old app for details on when and where to go. The only catch: the app doesn’t work on iPhones. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); That’s caused iPhone-wielding campaigners to ask why they’re being left out of the loop. Democratic Tsunami, the group organizing the protests, and which created the app, says it’s simply about security.

The Catalan independence movement ( Catalan : independentisme català; Spanish : independentismo catalán ) is a social and political movement with roots in Catalan nationalism

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has told the regional parliament that Catalonia should declare independence , but suspend the effects of the referendum to facilitate Catalonia was always willing to talk . - The independence referendum took place on October 1 under very difficult circumstances.

Reiterating his stance that he condemns "all violence," Torra called for a Catalan parliamentary commission to look in to the police response to the riots to determine responsibility.

On Tuesday night a few hundred pro-independence protesters rallied in Barcelona's Plaza Espana (Spain Square), where they poured washing-up liquid in the main fountain. The wind made the bubbles fly, resembling snowflakes over the Catalan sky.

The use of the detergent is a tongue-in-cheek reference to remarks by a senior Spanish official, who said Catalan separatists had weaponized detergent to fight the police during the 2017 referendum. "I think the solution would be to sit and have a dialog. Unfortunately I think that will not happen," said Xavier Escuer, a 54 year-old system analyst, at the pro-independence rally. "I think that the Spanish government does not want to talk, has never talked and will not do so now. It just thinks of repressing and hitting," he added.

(Reporting by Joan Faus and Luis Felipe Fernandez in Barcelona and Isla Binnie in Madrid Writing by Andrei Khalip Editing by Mark Heinrich and Matthew Lewis)


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