Police arrests Catalan crackdown

Police arrests Catalan crackdown

The arrests - the first involving Catalan officials since the campaign to hold an independence vote began in earnest in 2011 - prompted the regional government and some of its supporters to say casting a ballot was as much about dignity as whether to break away from Spain.

But Catalonia's interior chief, Joaquim Forn, said his department and the local police, or Mossos d'Esquadra, did not accept this decision.

Whether it's sub-state separatism such as what Scotland's been trying to pull off with the United Kingdom and some forces in Northern Italy have historically advocated for, or superstate separatism such as Brexit and the earlier proposal for a Grexit, European unity is fraying like never before, and Catalonia's upcoming vote might just prove to be the catalyst which reinvigorates this continental trend with a new inertia.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the offices of the regional government's economy ministry in the centre of Barcelona's tourist district, chanting "They will not pass" and "We will vote", a Reuters witness said.

Saturday's meeting in Barcelona assessed the actions taken so far to stop the October 1 vote, the ministry official said, requesting anonymity because he was not allowed to be named in media reports.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 police officers from outside Catalonia have already arrived or are on their way, joining 5,000 already based in the region.

How To Turn Off App Ratings Requests In iOS 11
Apple has made multitudes of changes to the way things work on its devices, calling this update "a giant step for iPhone". For those of you splashing out on the new iPhone models, the new iOS 11 feature Automatic setup will come in handy.

Thousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets amid an intensifying government crackdown on the independence vote that included the arrests of a dozen regional officials Wednesday and the seizure of 10 million ballot papers. He said the measure "does not mean taking command" of the Catalan police, but it is "simply to agree on a means of coordination".

Why do officials in Catalonia want to hold a vote?

Organizers also denounced what they describe as the Canadian government's timid response to the intensifying Spanish crackdown ahead of a planned October 1 referendum.

Spanish media report that several hundred students have spent the night inside a Barcelona university to protest the government's efforts to stop a referendum over Catalonia's secession from the country. "And that for now, we are staying put", Jordi Vives, a spokesman for the students, told Catalan public television.

"We are showing that, as students, we have a part to play". Spain will deploy police reinforcements to Catalonia to help maintain order if an independence referendum pledged by Catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials said Friday.

Related Articles

  • Flipkart Big Billion Days: Top 20 products available with No cost EMI

    Flipkart Big Billion Days: Top 20 products available with No cost EMI

    The S7, according to the Mobile Web Intelligence Report August 2017, was the most popular Android mobile phone of Q2 2017. Flipkart continues its tradition of Big Billion Days sale, where it offers attractive deals on a wide range of products.
    Kenya's Supreme Court explains why it nullified presidential polls

    Kenya's Supreme Court explains why it nullified presidential polls

    Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said the process was "like a matatu", referencing Kenya's reckless, law-defying minibuses. The official results were based on the electronic tally before the paper results were fully collated, the judges said.
    U.S.  tourists attacked in France

    U.S. tourists attacked in France

    Four young U.S. tourists have been rushed to hospital after being sprayed with acid in Marseilles in the south of France. A police spokeswoman told USA Today that the suspect did not yell any out any terror-linked threats.
  • Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

    Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

    Even as tensions rise, the United States and its allies have stuck to a hands-off policy when North Korea test-fires its missiles. He will seek to rally the world to help the U.S. and its Asian allies reduce North Korea to pariah status.
    Horror moment Russian helicopter fires deadly missiles at crowd causing HUGE explosion

    Horror moment Russian helicopter fires deadly missiles at crowd causing HUGE explosion

    The Moscow Times reports an unnamed military source said the incident was a mistake "and the missiles blasted off on their own". According to local media, two people - it claimed to be journalists - were left seriously injured after the military mishap.
    Ryanair Publishes List Of Cancelled Flights Affecting 2% Of Customers

    Ryanair Publishes List Of Cancelled Flights Affecting 2% Of Customers

    Ensure you retain any receipts from extra spending incurred as they will be used as evidence for your claim. There are multiple flights to and from Ireland to be found on most of the days of cancellations.
  • Trump gives 'final warning' on North Korea trade. What comes next?

    Trump gives 'final warning' on North Korea trade. What comes next?

    He added that if "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea ". North Korea's foreign minister likened Trump to a "barking dog" in response.
    SC  elections were not targeted by Russian hackers

    SC elections were not targeted by Russian hackers

    A Bloomberg News story in June reported that during the 2016 elections, hackers hit voting systems or databases in 39 states. Walker is expected to seek a third term and Democratic U.S.
    Jackie Hoffman jokingly pokes fun at Laura Dern after Emmy loss

    Jackie Hoffman jokingly pokes fun at Laura Dern after Emmy loss

    We're calling that a big, little lie . " Damn it! " she appeared to scream, twice, after Dern's name was called as the victor . It's true that 50-year-old actress Laura Dern did have famous parents - actress Diane Ladd and actor Bruce Dern.
  • USA  'strongly opposes' Iraqi Kurd referendum

    USA 'strongly opposes' Iraqi Kurd referendum

    The referendum is the latest effort of a multifaceted push by Kurdish leaders to build support for their cause in Washington . Iraq's Supreme Court has issued a verdict suspending the upcoming vote saying it has received multiple requests to block it.
    Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

    Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

    She claimed there had been no "clearance operations" since 5 September and "more than half" of Rohingya villages remained intact. Hundreds of thousands more Rohingya were already in Bangladesh from waves of violence years earlier.

    Pelosi speech on DREAM Act interrupted by protesters

    They chanted: "Shut down ICE" and "All of us or none of us". "You don't know what you're talking about", Pelosi told the group. The Democrats say a deal has been reached, but the White House denies it.