Spain's Abertis, Colonial Flee Catalonia as Independence Looms

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona yesterday to express their opposition to declaring independence

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona yesterday to express their opposition to declaring independence

"I'm calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government.don't jump off the edge because you'll take the people with you", Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamara said.

"Ladies and gentlemen, they used the most valuable weapon we have: they used a ballot paper and a pen, and that was more important than anything the Spanish authorities could throw at them".

On October 1, over 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans, who participated in the independence referendum, supported region's secession from Spain.

Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian writer and 2010 Nobel Prize victor, participated in the massive demonstration that took place in Barcelona last week against Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

At least 350,000 people joined a unionist rally in Barcelona on Sunday, after recent massive rallies by separatists and democracy activists in the city. The "hard-core elements" of the separatist movement are pressuring Puigdemont to move ahead, said Wolfgang Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence, in a note. "I believe we know what Spaniards think, and they should know that the government too is clear about what it has to do".

On Tuesday King Felipe addressed the nation in a televised speech but failed to acknowledge the violence perpetrated against Catalan voters, and said nothing of the need for mediation to resolve the crisis.

Far-right protesters broke into Fascist chants and performed Nazi salutes during protests across Spain held over the Catalan independence referendum.

Puigdemont is set to appear in the parliament of Catalonia on Tuesday after Monday meeting was suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

Modi visits hometown Vadnagar, visits school
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness with the popular mood over the changes in the GST initiated by his Government. Cracking down on the opposition, he also said that honesty will always win no matter how many dacoits come to rob the country.

Women wear masks during a pro-union demonstration organised by the Catalan Civil Society organisation in Barcelona, Spain, October 8, 2017.

France will not recognise Catalonia if the Spanish region unilaterally declares independence, its European Affairs Minister, Nathalie Loiseau, said on Monday.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has refused to rule out suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy unless its leaders withdraw a threatened declaration of independence as thousands rallied for national unity.

Catalans speak up against a split: Social media was once again full of images of protests in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, but this time from those who don't want to see a breakaway region.

It is unclear whether he will declare independence.

Tensions have grown in Spain since last week when Catalonia held a regional vote for independence, an election deemed illegal by Madrid.

So far, European Union officials have condemned the use of violence, but refused to be drawn into the conflict, which they see as an internal matter for Spain.

Recommended News

  • Nate to bring rain; High humidity to start the week

    The first part of Tuesday will stay dry and then rain chances increases into the evening and continues into Wednesday morning. The moisture was obvious Sunday , with dew point temperatures - a measure of humidity - hovering in the steamy mid 70s.

    Users of the new iPhone 8 Plus complain that the battery bulges

    IHS Markit, a London-based research firm has confirmed the list of top 10 bestselling smartphones for the first half of 2017. Apple might want to find the actual cause of the issue and fix it at the earliest as the iPhone X launch isn't far away now.
    No chance of Liverpool title win with Klopp's current defence - Henchoz

    No chance of Liverpool title win with Klopp's current defence - Henchoz

    Marcus Rashford has eight goals, four assists, 42 shots and 19 shots on target in 12 games for club and country this season. Both City and United have conceded just 2 league goals, though the Citizens have scored 22, compared to the Red Devils' 21.
  • Spain punches World Cup ticket

    Spain punches World Cup ticket

    Renewal A period of transition ensued in the wake of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Lopetegui has now overseen its completion. In the World Cup Qualifying UEFA, the teams Spain and Albania are facing against each other today.
    India's defence minister interacts with Chinese soldiers at border checkpoint

    India's defence minister interacts with Chinese soldiers at border checkpoint

    Sithraman has visited forward areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the world's highest battlefield, Siachen. Earlier, on Thursday, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa confirmed the existence of Chinese troops in the region.
    Postgame Points: Auburn 44, Ole Miss 23

    Postgame Points: Auburn 44, Ole Miss 23

    No team has given Kevin Steele's Auburn defenses more fits than Ole Miss over the coordinator's season-and-a-half on the Plains. Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson passed for 346 yards and two touchdowns, both to redshirt freshman receiver D.K.
  • Vegas shooter Paddock scouted Fenway Park

    Vegas shooter Paddock scouted Fenway Park

    ABC News reports that there is no indication that Paddock traveled to Boston despite internet search for hotels near Fenway Park. But William Evans said Thursday he could not confirm the report and had not been briefed on the matter.
    Griffiths: Strachan is '100%' the best man for Scotland

    Griffiths: Strachan is '100%' the best man for Scotland

    "Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours". "When you see them at the end of the game, I don't think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed".
    Notice to CBI following Dera chief's appeal against conviction

    Notice to CBI following Dera chief's appeal against conviction

    A police officer in Panchkula, Haryana said they found out about the condition of the two arrestees during primary investigation. He had alleged that it was Honeypreet who disbursed Rs 1.25 crore for the supporters, ahead of the judgement.
  • Puerto Rican Student Association aids Hurricane Maria relief efforts

    Puerto Rican Student Association aids Hurricane Maria relief efforts

    Massachusetts State Police will also be shipping 13 cruisers to the island. "Things we might not even think of", she said. Police Commissioner William Evans said, "It's not like they're going on vacation down there".
    Eleven hurt after auto  crashes near London museum; Terrorism ruled out

    Eleven hurt after auto crashes near London museum; Terrorism ruled out

    A man arrested in a London auto collision that injured at least 11 people has been released and is under investigation . Three of the attacks in London involved the use of a vehicle to run down pedestrians.
    Trump claims he denied Sen. Corker's request for endorsement

    Trump claims he denied Sen. Corker's request for endorsement

    Last week, the senator, responding to an NBC news report from October 4, made some harsh remarks on the Trump administration. Outgoing politicians sometimes feel greater latitude to speak their mind, a characteristic Mr.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.