As Spanish police clashed with Catalonians voting in a renegade referendum that threatened five centuries of nationhood, the country’s public television network was airing a documentary on French wine harvesting and years-old reruns of shows about living abroad.
Things could all come to a head this week in Barcelona. We look at some of they issues around the bid to break away.
Demonstrators dressed in white gathered outside city halls in Barcelona, Madrid and across Spain on Saturday to demand that sparring sides in the country’s constitutional crisis move back from the brink.
Thousands of police officers protested outside government offices in Madrid to demand pay increases with the country immersed in a political crisis that has thrown security forces into the public spotlight.
Separatist leaders in Catalonia are seeking to avoid an immediate declaration of independence from Spain as officials in Madrid and business leaders in Barcelona ratchet up pressure on the nationalist camp.
Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos ruled out any sort of mediated talks with separatist leaders and said Catalan banks have signaled they may move out of the region if the push for independence continues.
Cyberspace has become an active front in the Catalan rebellion for independence as the Spanish government pulls down websites, police detain hackers and software developers and haul them into court to testify, and even Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wades into the fray.
Tweety Pie has taken center stage in the fight over independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia, and Warner Bros., the owner of the baby-talking cartoon character, isn’t happy.
Police shot dead the man suspected of driving the van that rammed into pedestrians in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt to track down the perpetrators of the worst terror attack in Spain since 2004.
Spanish police killed five suspected terrorists after a confrontation in a town south of Barcelona, just hours after a van rampaged down the city’s iconic Las Ramblas avenue and left 13 people dead.