Catalonia: nationalists call for permanent street protests to ensure independence referendum

Catalonia: nationalists call for permanent street protests to ensure independence referendum”

A top treasury official is being held on sedition charges, the BBC reports.

He argued that the actions of the Spanish state, which considers a planned independence vote illegal, are "totalitarian" and amount to the suspension of Catalan home rule.

And Inigo Mendez de Vigo, a spokesman for the Spanish government, downplayed the importance of the protests. It has also opened a dozen new regional offices. This follows 18 months in which the government has begun setting up numerous trappings of an independent state.

Opponents of the financial argument point out that it is only fair that Catalonia helps support less developed regions, considering that the Constitution grants "self-government of the nationalities and regions and solidarity among them all".

Spain is not merely declaring that an independence vote would not have legal effect, but physically preventing it from happening and even clamping down in publicity on both the streets and the internet. This reluctance has led to accusations of collusion between European government and media; the suspicion being that the fight for democratic rights are being wilfully muted for the sake of promoting a sense of ostensible cohesion during these tumultuous times for the bloc.

But polls show Catalonia's roughly 7.5 million residents are divided on independence.

Madrid has taken several other steps to prevent the Catalan referendum from going forward, including threatening to arrest mayors who facilitate the vote.

On what grounds does the Spanish government oppose the vote?

Spanish police reportedly arrested at least 12 people in raids on Catalan government offices.

Jonathon Shafi, founder of Scotland's Radical Independence Campaign, said people in Catalonia should be allowed to "choose the future of their own country".

Spain's economic upheaval created an uproar among Catalan citizens.

With the latest measure, virtually all Catalan spending will be in the hands of Madrid.

"Just 35% said Catalonia should be independent in a July survey by the Catalan government's polling agency", says Bloomberg. Many Catalans are still angry about the Spanish constitutional court's decision seven years ago to annul or reinterpret parts of the 2006 Catalan statute of autonomy, which would have afforded the region greater independence.

The others work in various Catalan government departments and are suspects in a probe into "disobedience, misfeasance and embezzlement", the High Court in Catalonia said. It is not now considering any bond issues, a spokeswoman said. She said the 2014 Scottish independence referendum was the best example for Catalonia to follow.

Cabinet secretary for external affairs Fiona Hyslop said on Sunday "that all peoples have the right to self-determination and to choose the form of government best suited to their needs, a principle which is enshrined in the UN Charter".

Last Friday, Montoro gave Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras an ultimatum to call off the referendum or face having funding for essential services in the province taken over by Madrid, according to Reuters.

"At the moment, they're headed for a big confrontation". The central government collects income tax, corporate taxes and value-added taxes. He said, "They're trying to derail us".

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