What's the latest on Catalonian Independence? Get all the details here. This is episode fifty-two of The LAVA Spurt, Catalonia Update. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

Things have been really heating up in Spain over the independence referendum passed by Catalonia's people nearly a month ago. The president of Catalonia both declared that Catalonia had the right to secede from Spain and then immediately made it clear that he wouldn’t actually be seceding. Instead, he asked to negotiate with the Spanish central government “to arrive at an agreed solution to advance with the demands of the people of Catalonia” before demanding independence.

 

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What's the latest on Catalonian Independence? Get all the details here. This is episode fifty-two of The LAVA Spurt, Catalonia Update. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

Things have been really heating up in Spain over the independence referendum passed by Catalonia's people nearly a month ago. The president of Catalonia both declared that Catalonia had the right to secede from Spain and then immediately made it clear that he wouldn’t actually be seceding. Instead, he asked to negotiate with the Spanish central government “to arrive at an agreed solution to advance with the demands of the people of Catalonia" before demanding independence.

Then, a Spanish judge jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist groups, were being held without bail while they were under investigation for sedition. They are facing up to 15 years in prison.

But then, this Friday, Catalonia took a huge step. The held a Parliamentary vote on whether or not they would declare independence from Spain. Lawmakers voted in secret in the Catalan Parliament chamber after a heated debate on a motion "to form the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign state." Find out the outcome of the vote after the break.

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So, let's get right back into it. The Catalan Parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare independence for Catalonia, with 70 votes in favor, 10 against, and 2 abstentions. However, this was after a large portion of the opposition walked out of the chamber. The Catalan Parliament is a 135 seat body, so regardless of the walk-out by the opposition, the declaration still received a majority vote.

"We have won the freedom to build a new country," Catalan Deputy Premier Oriol Junqueras tweeted.

Immediately following the vote in Catalan, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for all Spaniards to remain calm, promising to "restore legality" to Catalonia and the Spanish Senate voted to approve the application of Article 155 in Catalonia. There were '214' yes votes, 47 'no' votes, and just one abstention. 

Article 155 of the Spanish constitution empowers the government to take "all measures necessary to compel" a region in case of a crisis. Article 155 of Spain's 1978 constitution has never been used before in democratic Spain. And for good reason. Spaniards call it their government's "nuclear option" because it allows Spain to start imposing direct rule over semi-autonomous Catalonia and will lead to regional elections within the next six months. Catalan leaders say this will only add more fuel to a raging fire.

Prime Minister Rajoy dissolved the Catalan Parliament and called for new elections to be held on December 21st. Spain has sacked the chief of Catalonia's regional police force as the government in Madrid takes control of the autonomous region to block its push for independence. 

Deposed Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras said in an opinion piece published on Sunday that the Catalan government will have to "make decisions that will not be easy to understand".

The deposed vice-president and leader of the Catalan Republican Left party called the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution a "coup d'etat against Catalonia".

This is going to be crazy fascinating to watch over the next few weeks. I'll certainly keep you posted on it here as much as I possibly can. Stay tuned!

Until next time... keep striking the root!

 

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