Catalan left calls on Spanish state to drop opposition to indy referendum

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YOU YES-YES YET? the Spanish Constitutional Court has declared the Catalan indyref ‘illegal’

by Voice Reporter As the Voice went to press, Catalans were due to vote in the 9 November consultative referendum on independence in the teeth of Spanish opposition. A broad left platform has called on Madrid to reverse its opposition to the process. The Catalan platform ‘Left for Yes-Yes’, has called on the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy to reverse its opposition to sanctioning a non-binding consultation in Catalonia on the future of the region. The platform is called Left for Yes-Yes in reference to the two-part question designed for the consultation. 

This asks:
1. Do you want Catalonia to become a state?
2. If so, do you want that state to be independent?

The platform Left for Yes-Yes groups together a wide range of left organisations who support an independent Catalonia, and has a 16-point platform summarising its positions in support of ‘Democracy, Freedom and Social Justice’.

Countdown to the Catalan crisis: key dates

1931: A Catalan Republic is proclaimed more than 200 years after the King of Spain had invaded Barcelona to suppress the independence of Catalonia destroy the country and impose an absolutist monarchy. Negotiations with the Spanish Republic lead to extensive under the leadership of Eskerra Republicana—the Republican Left.
1936: General Franco launches a fascist insurrection, igniting the Spanish Civil War. At the heart of his programme is the abolition of Catalan and Basque autonomy.
1939: Franco’s forces finally capture Barcelona, paving the way for the collapse of Republican resistance across Spain. During the 36-year reign of fascism, Catalan autonomy is smashed and the language driven underground.
1975: Death of Franco leads to the start of the restoration of democratic rights.
1977: A new Spanish constitution is drawn up which recognises the existence of “regional communities” but proclaims the Spanish as state as “indivisible”.
1979: A Catalan Statute of Autonomy is agreed, which allows for a devolved parliament while prohibiting any move towards independence.
1980: Moderate centre-right nationalist party, Convergence and Union (Convergencia) becomes the ruling party in the new Catalan government.
2003: Convergence and Union ousted after 23 years in power, to be replaced by a coalition of the Socialists, the Republican Left and the Greens.
2005: Catalan Parliament approves, with the support of 120 MPs out of 135, a proposal to reform the 1979 Statute of Autonomy that for the first time recognises Catalonia as a nation.
2006: The new Statute of Autonomy is agreed by both chambers of the Spanish Parliament and endorsed by a referendum of the Catalan people. The right wing Peoples Party—now the governing party in Madrid—launches a legal action against the decision
2009: The town of Arenys de Munt holds a consultative referendum which resoundingly supports the right of Catalonia to self-determination. Over the next year, 54 other towns follow suit.
2010: After four years of deliberation, the Spanish Constitutional Court rules in favour of the Peoples Party. It rewrites and reinterprets 41 articles of the 2006 Statute of Autonomy, seriously curbing the powers of the Catalan Government and refusing to recognise Catalonia as a nation.
2012: Following two years of escalating support for Catalan independence, the moderate Convergencia—now back in Government comer out in favour of a referendum and form a coalition with the Republican Left party, which emerges hugely strengthened in the November general election. Both parties are committed to a referendum
2013: The Catalan Parliament adopts the Sovereignty Declaration, which asserts that Catalonia is a sovereign nation with the right to decide its own future.
2014: The Spanish Constitutional Court rules that the independence referendum supported by the Catalan Parliament is illegal. The decision is backed by the governing Peoples Party and the opposition Socialist Party in Madrid. A mass demonstration of 1.8 million people marches through Barcelona on Catalan’s National Day, 11 September. Five days later, the Catalan Parliament votes, by a majority of four to one to go ahead with a non-binding referendum on 9 November. This too has been declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

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