Catalan parliament to meet on Monday, defying Spain

Catalan parliament to meet on Monday, defying Spain”

The move confirms a trend that started after Catalans voted on Sunday for secession from Spain in a poll not recognised by Madrid which in turn introduced legislation on Friday to make relocations easier.

President of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell (C) attends a meeting with parliament representatives at the Parliament in Barcelona on 4 October 2017.

Spanish police, following orders from a judge to prevent the referendum, clashed with voters and supporters Sunday, resulting in over 900 people receiving medical attention.

Forcadell called the court decision "an unusual and extremely serious event in a democratic Parliament" that violated "freedom of speech".

"The 155 needs wide-ranging backing because we don't know whether it will resolve problems, and if it's only backed by one party in congress then it will be hard to obtain the backing of a majority of Catalans", said Rafael Hernando, who serves as a parliamentary organizer for the PP.

So far, only center-right Ciudadanos said this week it was in favor of sacking the Catalan government, dissolving the parliament and holding regional elections.

Directly addressing the king, he added: "Not like this".

The Spanish government in turn said it "strongly rejects the accusations" Puigdemont directed at the King.

"If Mr Puigdemont wants to talk or negotiate, or wants to send mediators, he know perfectly what he first needs to do: go back to the law", the statement said.

On Thursday, Spain's Constitutional Court ordered Catalonia's parliament to suspend a planned session next week during which separatist lawmakers plan to declare independence.

Catalonia is the country's richest region, accounting for a fifth of Spain's economy and home to thousands of domestic and foreign companies employing millions of people.

In some cases, police used batons and rubber bullets to evict people from the voting centres and confiscate the ballot boxes.

Spain's central authorities have deemed the referendum illegal and a Constitutional Court suspended it.

The case is linked to September 20-21 demonstrations in Barcelona, when Spanish police arrested several Catalan government officials and raided offices in a crackdown on referendum preparations.

Faced with uncertainty, on Thursday, Banco Sabadell, one of Catalonia's largest banks, announced that it would move its registered headquarters outside the Catalonia region to the eastern city of Alicante.

This lasted until the reign of King Philip V. The War of the Spanish Succession ended with the defeat of Valencia in 1707, of Catalonia in 1714, and finally with the last of the islands in 1715 - resulting in the birth of modern-day Spain.

Massive protests and a strike took place Tuesday in Catalonia against the police actions and the situation in the northeastern region is close to boiling point. Puigdemont told the BBC it would be "an error which changes everything".

Protesters rally in support of independence for Catalonia, in Barcelona.

A trickle of companies fleeing the restive Spanish region of Catalonia threatened to turn into a flood Friday as a second major bank and two more firms said they would move their head offices to other parts of the country.

Like this


07 October 2017
SC Seeks Centre's Response on Execution by Hanging
Under section 354 (5) of the CrpC, the only mode prescribed for execution of a death sentence is 'hanging by the neck till death'. The plea demanded alternative to death by hanging by stating that it is brutal and inhuman way of punishment.

07 October 2017
White Nationalist to Speak at UF. His Cost: $10K. UF's Cost: $500K
But the university said it will cost the school more than half a million dollars to shore up security on campus and in the city. According to the university spokeswomen, Janine Sikes, the rejection was "based on specific security threats".

07 October 2017
Man killed during protest against alleged braid-chopping in Anantnag
Vigilante groups have started patrolling neighbourhoods in a bid to prevent such incidents. Administration must gear up itself to book these anti-social elements.

07 October 2017
Helen of Troy posts 2Q profit
Finally, Arizona State Retirement System lifted its holdings in Helen of Troy Limited by 1.8% during the 2nd quarter. The business had revenue of $359.61 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $358.40 million.

07 October 2017
Influential Analyst Rating Changes: EQT Midstream Partners, LP (EQM), Meritor, Inc. (MTOR)
The rating scale runs from 1 to 5 with 5 indicating a Strong Sell, 1 indicating a Strong Buy and 3 indicating a Hold. EQT Corporation (EQT ) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Independent Oil & Gas.

07 October 2017
GM Shows Off New Fuel-Cell Truck Platform
The idea is to use it and reduce needed manpower in risky situations by using the platform's built-in autonomous driving systems. A rendering of the SURUS platform with solar panels and power generators to show the potential of flexible fuel cell solutions.

07 October 2017
Wall Street Consensus Watch on Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPHS)
The sales growth rate for a stock is a measure of how the stock's sales per share (SPS) has grown over a specific period of time. Principal Financial Group Inc. lifted its stake in PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) in a research note on Wednesday.

07 October 2017
Vegas shooter may have scouted Fenway Park as possible target
Law enforcement investigators have found 47 firearms that belonged to Paddock, a dozen of which were converted to mimic fully automatic weapons.

07 October 2017
Credit Suisse Group AG Reiterates Sell Rating for American Express Company (AXP)
Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Mgmt holds 0.31% or 24,037 shares in its portfolio. 2,392 were accumulated by Cape Ann Retail Bank. Allen Investment Management Llc decreased American Express Co ( AXP ) stake by 92.48% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing.

07 October 2017
Batmobile Vigilante auto to follow release of Transform Races update
There's also a new supercar on the horizon, the Coil Cyclone, so be on the look out for that too. Dogfight mode will take players to the skies in an aerial battle to the death.