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27 Oct 2017

Catalan Parliament declares independence from Spain

Madrid, Catalonia raise stakes in #CatalanCrisis

Catalonia's regional parliament has voted in favor of independence from Spain, ahead of a vote in the Spanish Senate to seize Catalan region's autonomous powers.

Seventy Catalan lawmakers voted for independence while 10 opposed. Opposition members walked out before the vote in protest.

Earlier, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Senators imposing direct rule was necessary to return "law, democracy, and stability" to Catalonia.

In context

Madrid, Catalonia raise stakes in #CatalanCrisis

Background

What was the Catalan independence referendum?

Catalan leaders held a referendum in defiance of Madrid to ascertain whether its population backed independence from Spain.

90% of 2.2 million voters, who amounted to 40% of Catalonia's population backed independence.

Madrid deployed its police forces to forcibly prevent voting. The crackdown left 900 people injured and significantly angered Catalans.

Numerous anti-Spain protests erupted afterward, with organizations including FC Barcelona backing Catalan independence.

Catalonia declares independence, puts it on hold

11 Oct 2017

Catalonia declares independence, puts it on hold

On 11 October, the Catalan Parliament signed a declaration of independence in a session eagerly watched by the whole world.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said that the declaration will not be implemented for several weeks, allowing time for talks with the Spanish government, which has dismissed the independence declaration.

Madrid had been stepping up pressure on Catalonia after it recently held a disputed referendum.

20 Oct 2017

Catalan independence: Madrid moves to suspend the region's autonomy

On October 20, Madrid gave an ultimatum to Catalan pro-independence leaders to withdraw the independence declaration or face measures taken under Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.

These measures range from suspending the region's autonomy to calling for fresh elections.

Raising the stakes on its side, Catalan leaders stated that Spanish "repression" would push them towards implementing the independence declaration.

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22 Oct 2017

#CatalanCrisis deepens, Spain to remove leaders, take control of Catalonia

On October 22, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy put forward plans to conduct elections in Catalonia as sentiments surrounding the region's independence from Spain ran high.

However, he stopped short of dissolving the Catalan parliament.

This happened as large crowds protested Madrid's plans to impose direct rule on them.

In response, Catalan parliament speaker termed the measures "a de facto coup d' etat."

27 Oct 2017

Catalonia: MPs clash over difference of opinion on Spanish takeover

Spain is set to invoke measures to impose direct rule on Catalonia.

This comes after a recently convened session of the Catalan Parliament witnessed dramatic scenes as pro and anti-independence MPs clashed in a tense debate.

The debate started after President Carles Puigdemont stopped short of charting a course forward and asked the MPs to arrive at a decision.

What happened during the parliamentary debate?

Parliamentary debate

What happened during the parliamentary debate?

Puigdemont was expected to either declare independence or call for snap elections. He did neither but said that he doesn't mind calling snap elections provided Madrid provides certain assurances.

Pro-independence leaders urged for Catalonia to stick to the independence declaration

On the other hand, Ines Arrimadas, leader of the anti-independence Citizens's party, accused Puigdemont of missing opportunities to resolve the crisis through negotiations.

27 Oct 2017

Catalan Parliament declares independence from Spain

Catalonia's regional parliament has voted in favor of independence from Spain, ahead of a vote in the Spanish Senate to seize Catalan region's autonomous powers.

Seventy Catalan lawmakers voted for independence while 10 opposed. Opposition members walked out before the vote in protest.

Earlier, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Senators imposing direct rule was necessary to return "law, democracy, and stability" to Catalonia.

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