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  • 28-Oct-20: '21 pro-indy businesspeople arrested in Spanish police operation'

    ACN | Barcelona
    28 October 2020 07:08 PM
    28-Oct-20: '21 pro-indy businesspeople arrested in Spanish police operation'
    Spain’s Guardia Civil carried out an operation including 31 searches of people mostly linked to the two governing pro-independence parties. 21 people are under investigation for misuse of public funds, money laundering and breach of official duty

HIGHLIGHTS


Protesters from restaurant sector set off smoke bombs in Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona, October 28, 2020 (by Alan Ruiz)

New protests against closures from restaurant sector in Barcelona

Smoke bombs and firecrackers set off, eggs thrown at façade of government HQ
Carlos Carrizosa of Ciudadanos during a parliamentary session, October 21, 2020 (by Ciudadanos)

Pro-independence corruption justifies Spanish police operation, say Ciudadanos

Carlos Carrizosa describes Catalan administration as a "machine to produce black money"

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


President of the Spanish Congress, Meritxell Batet, holding the draft budget for 2021 on a flash drive, and Spain's finance minister, María Jesús Montero, October 28, 2020 (by Congress)

Spanish budget allocates almost €2bn to Catalonia

Catalonia's 16.5% share of total regional investment is lower than its 19% contribution to GDP
Some Spanish Guardia Civil police vehicles outside businessman Oriol Soler's home in Igualada, on October 28, 2020 (by Mar Martí)

Businesspeople related to independence push detained

31 searches and 21 arrested on misuse of funds, money laundering and breach of official duty in...
Jailed Catalan leaders Dolors Bassa (left) and Carme Forcadell (Photos by Marina López and Gerard Artigas)

Catalan court greenlights penitentiary low category for female jailed leaders

Dolors Bassa and Carme Forcadell allowed to continue sleeping at home at the weekend and to work...

SOCIETY


Protesters from restaurant sector set off smoke bombs in Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona, October 28, 2020 (by Alan Ruiz)

New protests against closures from restaurant sector in Barcelona

Smoke bombs and firecrackers set off, eggs thrown at façade of government HQ
A terrace in Tarragona, on the day bar and restaurant closures were announced, October 14, 2020 (Eloi Tost)

What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

Bars and restaurants close in toughest clampdown since spring

BUSINESS


A man working remotely during the pandemic (by Estefania Escolà)

Working from home 'compulsory' when possible, says work minister

Confusion within government about rule, as spokesperson says current state of alarm does not...
A bar terrace closed in Lleida on July 13, 2020 (by Laura Cortés)

Unemployment rate rises to 13.23%, with half a million jobless

138,000 less people with work compared to one year ago; figures exclude temporary lay-offs  
Sheep in Masia de Ferreres, a farm in Catalonia's Berguedà county (by Estefania Escolà)

With restaurants closed, food producers find 'salvation' in social media sales

Primary sector companies call themselves "greatly forgotten" industry of the pandemic

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25

Bars and restaurants close in toughest clampdown since spring

Night curfew will come into force on Sunday after Spanish cabinet grants emergency powers to regional governments

CULTURE


Archive image of the Centre Parroquial in Argentona, one of the thirteen cinemas to be honored by the Catalan Film Acadamy (by Catalan Film Academy)

Catalan Film Academy pays homage to 13 cinemas still going after 100 years

The theaters located across Catalonia each received a commemorative plaque
The Razzmatazz venue in Barcelona, June 4, 2018 (by Laura Fíguls)

Festivals and venues shift schedules to comply with curfew

Hospitality industry wants curfew reduction and prompt reopening of bars and restaurants 

LIFE & STYLE


Models wear IAIOS jumpers (photo by Roc Pont/IAIOS)

Sustainable fashion brands in Catalonia grow by 23% in past year

Catalan Government stresses the importance of sustainability and digitization to bring local...
Age in Spain assists UK retirees residing in the country

Age in Spain: free English language guidance for retiring in the country

The non-profit provides services such as residency rights regarding Brexit and carries out social...
Models on the catwalk during Escorpion's show at 080 Barcelona Fashion in Sant Pau, Barcelona, June 25, 2019 (by Andrea Zamorano)

Digital edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion aims to be worldwide 'benchmark'

Streamed fashion shows will be like 'a giant Instagram' says one featured designer

SPORTS


FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu announces his resignation (Screenshot from press conference)

Barcelona president resigns ahead of censure motion

Scandal-ridden Josep Maria Bartomeu quits to avoid vote over coronavirus concerns
President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu (by Albert Gea/Reuters)

No confidence motion in Barça president reaches required signatures for referendum

Club finances show total debt doubles to €488 million with losses of €97 million for...

TECH & SCIENCE


Pablo Donadio, CEO of Epitécnica, models the CA-VID tunnel that deactivates Covid-19 (by Àlex Recolons)

Catalan company develops first Covid-19 ‘deactivating’ walk-through tunnel

Device uses 15-second dry vapour to reduce contagion capacity in “clean zones”
Artists who performed at iCat FM's 'El Desconcert' at the Sala Apolo in Barcelona, May 7, 2019 (CCMA)

1,000 gig-goers at Barcelona's Apolo to take part in rapid test experiment

Aim is to investigate how events in enclosed spaces can go ahead safely during pandemic

CATALAN TRIAL


Quim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Raül Romeva, and Oriol Junqueras address hundreds of people gathered to wish them well as they re-enter Lledoners prison (by Estefania Escolà)

Jailed leaders still searching for a way to shorten sentence one year after verdict

Ups and downs for pro-independence activists and politicians, who could benefit from pardons or...
Pro-independence prisoners Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Oriol Junqueras and Jordi Cuixart pictured outside Lledoners prison, July 17, 2020 (by Mar Martí)

UN group renews call for release of Catalan leaders despite Spain’s criticism

United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention insists seven pro-independence leaders...
Spain's attorney general, Dolores Delgado, on September 7, 2020 (by CGPJ)

Spain's attorney general: Catalan trial example of 'institutional normality' and 'legality'

2017 referendum leaders received prison sentences of 9 to 13 years