March 20 2018

General Strike, Mass Protests Bring Catalonia to a Halt

March 20 2018, 11:30 | Lynn Mack

Reuters Plaza Catalunya after voting ended for the banned independence referendum in Barcelona Spain

Reuters              Plaza Catalunya after voting ended for the banned independence referendum in Barcelona Spain

And the National Court in Madrid has placed Catalan police officials and pro-independence civil leaders under investigation for alleged "sedition".

Some 700,000 people took to the streets, Barcelona municipal police announced on Twitter.

He has indicated that Catalonia could declare independence next week.

Barcelona's football stars were among workers in Catalonia to down tools on Tuesday in protest against the Spanish government's actions over the region's independence vote.

According to the CNN, the call for independence from Spain is motivated by calls for fiscal independence as well as a general belief that the Catalans have a distinct history, culture and language compared to the rest of Spain.

"On one side it is a hassle to try to get to work in the midst of a strike", she said.

Speaking shortly before a blistering attack on Catalonia's politicians by Spain's King Felipe, Mr Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

Without specifically mentioning plans for an independence declaration, he added: "I am sure that in the next few days we will show the best of our country when the institutions of Catalonia will have to apply the results of the referendum".

Catalan officials say that 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who voted were in favour of independence.

"There are people who interpret the constitution like the Bible, that it contains absolute truths, that its more important than the will of the people", he said.

However, Catalonia's government is seeking global mediation in order to proceed with measures towards independence.

The criminal complaint also named Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, leaders of two civic associations that support breaking away from Spain.

He called for reinforcements to be sent to Catalonia. Imagine National Guardsmen, shipped in from 49 other states, occupying schools, churches, and fire halls in Texas and California, brutally beating and gassing any who try to vote, while local and state police find themselves caught in the middle.

Spain's Caixabank, Catalonia's largest lender, and ministers reassured bank customers that their deposits are secure from the growing crisis.

But Junts pel Si and CUP, the parties holding the majority of seats in the regional Parliament, have asked for a debate and vote on independence from Spain on Monday, a spokesman for the assembly said.

However opponents of the move claim the vote is not representative as the decision is to be made on just 43 per cent turnout.

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