newsmoments.net
newsmoments.net October 23, 2017


Madrid steps up crackdown on Catalonia referendum, takes control of police

25 September 2017, 12:27 | Simon Arnold

Catalonia closes ranks against Spain in referendum row

Catalonia closes ranks against Spain in referendum row

Forn says "we denounce the attempt by the state to intervene in the police forces of Catalonia".

Spain's public prosecutor named Colonel Diego Perez de los Cobos of the Civil Guard as police coordinator in charge of all anti-referendum policing operations for the Civil Guard, National Police, Catalan Police (Mossos) and local police in Barcelona on Saturday.

Forn said the head police officer of the Mossos d'Esquadra had expressed his opposition to the measure.

A man drives his taxi decorated with an estela flag and publicity supporting the October 1 vote in Barcelona, Spain Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.


"The majority of the Catalans did not want independence until quite recently, but now 70 percent of the population in Catalonia want the referendum and many people that were in the middle now say "we want to vote".because this idea of trying to repress a movement is not going to support the unity of Spain", the analyst said on Friday night.

"They will be mandated to monitor public spaces and to maintain order, and they will act in the case of the illegal referendum", reads the statement of the interior Ministry. The region's 7.5 million inhabitants overwhelmingly favor holding a referendum, but are roughly evenly divided over independence.

"It would be sensible, reasonable and democratic to stop and say, there won't be a referendum, which they know won't happen", he said at one of his party's events.

Spanish officials had accused the Mossos (troopers) of not doing enough to disrupt preparations for the October 1 vote.


The ministry said the Catalan Interior Ministry had been informed. The ministry says the move is created to enhance coordination.

Some protesters said on social media that pro-independence politicians are expected to talk to the students at Barcelona University over the weekend.

Catalan National Assembly president Jordi Sanchez told the cheering crowds: "We will be here, peacefully but present, until all of the arrested walk out free".

The Catalan government has already vowed to push ahead with the referendum, which the Spanish government considers illegal - and on Saturday said it was refusing to hand over control of the Mossos d'Esquadra police force to Spain's Interior Ministry.


Hundreds entered the main building of Barcelona University and occupied a central cloister near the offices of the dean and other university managers.



Other News

Trending Now

Pakistan beats World XI, wins series
Pakistan won the "finale" against the World XI by 33 runs after the visiting side failed to achieve the target of 184. Complete revival calls for a full-fledged series, including Test and 50-over matches against an worldwide team.

No easy fix for struggling Palace, says Hodgson
Hodgson on what lies ahead: "It is painful today and I fear it is going to be painful in some of the moments going forward". It means that Palace still sit rock bottom of the Premier League after five games - and still haven't even scored a goal.

New Zealand faces airport chaos as Auckland fuel supply is cut
The disruption comes just days before New Zealanders vote in a September 23 general election that polls show is too close to call. The pipeline is operated by Refining NZ, which said it will take days for the pipeline to be repaired due to safety precautions.

New Zealand elections: Nationalist party likely kingmaker after hung Parliament
Her policy platform includes free tertiary education and slashing immigration to reduce pressure on housing and infrastructure. Farmer and former policeman Matt King holds a 1299-vote lead over Mr Peters with more than 96 per cent of the vote counted.

Most States Would Take Hit From GOP Health Bill, Study Finds
The Senate's longshot Obamacare repeal bill is starting to look possible. "Money direct to States!" John McCain . But Paul calls Graham-Cassidy " Obamacare Lite" and says he will be voting no.

Republican Senators Make Last-Gasp Stab at Obamacare
Absent any changes, he said , the federal government will spend $650 billon on the health insurance program for the poor by 2027. Moreover, one of the GOP senators who wound up supporting skinny repeal, Rand Paul, has announced opposition to Graham-Cassidy.

Real Madrid will make Liverpool a joke
Last season , the Reds claimed a 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture while Burnley claimed a 2-0 win in their home game. Clarets were awful on the road last season and collected a total of four points from their away games.

North Korea Leader Threatens US With 'Highest Level' Response
Trump has unleashed many strong statements on North Korea including his August warning the North will be met with "fire and fury". The flight follows a week of heightened rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang , with Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults.

Kylie Jenner Is Pregnant!
He has reportedly been telling friends about the Kylie Cosmetics mogul's pregnancy and how his life is "going to change". The outlet is also reporting that she is expecting a girl. "She is really excited and so is Travis ", the source added.

All the historic wins at the 69th annual Emmy awards
Because of this awesome feat last night, Louis-Dreyfus holds the title for earning the most Emmy wins for one role. Additionally, this win ties her with Cloris Leachman for most total Emmy acting wins (they both now have eight).