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The Spanish Justice Minister, Rafael Catalá, on Sunday (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

09 November 2014 09:53 PM

Spanish Government considers Catalan vote "useless and sterile propaganda" without democratic validity

On November 9, the Spanish Government has once again downplayed the participatory process on independence held in Catalonia. And it did so on the day it took place and just when it finished, after more than 2 million people had peacefully cast...

People voting in Valls, in southern Catalonia (by N. Torres)

09 November 2014 09:45 PM

Almost 2 million Catalans had participated in non-binding vote before 6pm, 2 hours before closing time

At 6pm, 2 hours before polling stations closed their doors, 1,977,531 people had peacefully cast their vote in the non-binding participatory process on independence, which was carried out with no remarkable incidents. Therefore it is very...

Court building in Barcelona (by P. Solà)

09 November 2014 07:41 PM

Judges decide not to take away ballot boxes after complaints against the independence vote

In addition, the Catalan President, Artur Mas, responded to the Public Prosecutor Office's warnings by stating that he is the person responsible for opening the polling stations. Besides, three judges from Barcelona, Badalona and Tarragona...

A lady casting her vote in Terrassa (Greater Barcelona) on November 9 (by J. Pujolar)

09 November 2014 11:19 AM

Catalans start voting in festive atmosphere, without police blocking access or identifying volunteers

The citizen participation process on independence has kicked off at 9am on November 9 despite the temporary suspension of the Constitutional Court. Finally, the 1,317 voting centres hosting 6,695 polling stations have opened their doors without...

People demanding independence from Spain in the rally against the Constitutional Court's verdict on the Catalan Statute of Autonomy, in July 2010 (by ACN / Maysun)

08 November 2014 09:03 PM

Milestones in Catalonia's self-determination before 2012 massive pro-independence demonstration

On Sunday, Catalans are being called to give their opinion about independence in a participatory process, organised by the Catalan Government in cooperation with more than 40,000 volunteers and many town halls, which replaces the original...

08 November 2014 08:09 PM

"Nobody can guarantee we will be able to vote on November 9", states pro-independence civil society organisation

Carme Forcadell, President of the civil society organisation Catalan National Assembly (ANC), stated that if citizens are able to cast their vote on November 9, the participatory process will already be "a success". However, she warned that...

The building of the Constitutional Court, based in Madrid (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

07 November 2014 11:28 PM

Constitutional Court will not meet before November 9 to debate Catalonia's appeal against vote suspension

The Constitutional Court rejects calling an urgent meeting to debate the appeal that the Catalan Government filed on Friday against the suspension of Sunday's participatory process, in which it asked the Court for further clarifications about...

The Spanish Government's Delegate in Catalonia, María de los Llanos de Luna, a few months ago (by ACN)

07 November 2014 11:22 PM

Spanish Government pressures high-school directors, mayors and Catalan Executive over November 9's vote

The Spanish Government's Delegate in Catalonia, María de los Llanos de Luna, sent letters on Thursday to the directors of high-schools throughout Catalonia reminding them that the Constitutional Court had temporarily suspended November...

07 November 2014 11:10 PM

"Mayors do not have to be afraid" to participate in November 9's vote" because "they are legally covered"

Josep Maria Vila d'Abadal, the President of the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI), wanted to reassure the mayors that have offered municipal venues to host polling stations on Sunday, particularly in small towns and villages...

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