#AceWorldNews – SPAIN (Barcelona)- September 12 – Around 1.8 million Catalan’s took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday (12 September) calling for the right to vote on independence.
The demonstration marks the beginning of a critical period in Barcelona-Madrid relations.
Dressed in red and yellow – the national colours – people shouted “in-inde-indepedencia!” and “volem votar!” (we want to vote) while waving the Catalan independence flag.
Almost a quarter of the 7.5 million Catalans celebrated Catalan National Day – La Diada – in the streets of Barcelona, according to the local police forces.
The day commemorates Catalonia’s loss of independence in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714, exactly 300 years ago.
#AceWorldNews – CATALONIA – March 30 – Spanish government cannot allow Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence since that procedure is not provided for by the law, Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria has said, reports Itar-Tass.
While the current government is in power, such a law will not be passed, as “a part of the population cannot decide the question of national sovereignty for others,” she added.
The official was speaking in Barcelona at a demonstration of the ruling party on Sunday.
Saenz noted though that the government is ready for dialogue with Catalonia on various issues, as long as it is in line with the constitution.
She reiterated that if Catalonia quits Spain, it will also stop being a member of the EU, may have to quit the eurozone as well as the Schengen area.
#AceWorldNews says that Spanish war correspondent Marc Marginedas, kidnapped by Islamist militants in Syria in September, has been freed.
He has crossed the border into Turkey, where he has undergone medical tests under the watch of Spanish state officials, according to his newspaper El Periodico.
The newspaper gave no details on his release. Marginedas has spoken by phone with his family in Barcelona and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Rajoy said Marginedas “is in reasonable shape, he is happy.”
#AceWorldNews says Lawmakers in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Thursday voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43 in favour of a referendum, with 3 abstentions, Reuters reported. A petition will be sent to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s future. Polls show roughly half of Catalans want independence. As many as 80 percent want the right to vote on the matter.