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Police dragged Catalan separatist protesters off highways on Friday as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez began a cabinet meeting in the regional capital Barcelona in an attempt at reconciliation. Dozens of protesters, some wearing high-visibility vests, sat on the AP 7 highway, which runs down the Mediterranean coast, hands held in the air as police […]
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Catalan ex-leader vows to pursue independence bid

Catalan ex-leader vows to pursue independence bid

Catalonia’s deposed president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday vowed to “defend the just cause of the Catalan people” as he returned to Belgium. Four months after he was detained in Germany at Madrid’s request, Puigdemont was able to travel to Belgium after a Spanish court dropped a European arrest warrant for him. “This is not the end […] …

Madrid approves new Catalan separatist govt

Spain gave its green light Friday to a new separatist executive in Catalonia that does not include jailed or exiled former ministers, paving the way for Madrid to end direct rule over the region. The central government last month recognised the powers of newly-elected Catalan president Quim Torra but refused to ratify his choice of […] …

BREAKING: Spain to prosecute 13 Catalan separatists for rebellion

BREAKING: Spain to prosecute 13 Catalan separatists for rebellion

Spain’s Supreme Court said Friday it would prosecute for “rebellion” 13 Catalan separatists, including ousted leader Carles Puigdemont and his nominated successor, over their role in the region’s failed breakaway bid. Judge Pablo Llarena accused Puigdemont, who is in self-imposed exile in Belgium, of organising the independence referendum in October last year despite a ban from […] …

Jailed Catalan separatist Sanchez drops leadership bid

Jailed Catalan separatist Sanchez drops leadership bid

Jordi Sanchez, a separatist civic leader in jail over his alleged role in Catalonia’s secession drive, has dropped his bid to lead the region, the Catalan parliamentary speaker said Wednesday. “Faced with the repeated violation of his fundamental rights… the lawmaker Jordi Sanchez sent me a letter announcing he was renouncing his candidacy,” Roger Torrent […] …

Spanish police raid Catalan govt HQ in vote probe

Spanish police raid Catalan govt HQ in vote probe

Spanish police searched the seat of the Catalan regional government in Barcelona on Thursday as part of an investigation into how last year’s banned independence referendum was funded. A Civil Guard spokesperson said the operation targeted the “citizens assistance office” and the offices of the grassroots separatist group Omnium Cultural, whose leader was jailed last year […] …

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