In and different demonstrations took place in Barcelona. The first one took place on 10 July It featured a Catalan regionalist ideological leadership. The second one on 11 September was openly in favor of Catalan independence and had as a slogan "Catalonia, next state in Europe". As a consequence of this second demonstration, the Rt.
The Demonstration "Catalunya, nou estat d'Europa" of 11 September Also, during , dozens of Catalan towns declared themselves Free Catalan Territory stating that "the Spanish legislation and regulations have effect only in Spain, so this town will wait for new legislation and regulation from the Catalan Government and the Parliament of Catalonia. The Catalan independence referendum is planned to take place during the tenth legislature of the Parliament of Catalonia. According to a resolution adopted by the Parliament of Catalonia on 27 September The Parliament of Catalonia confirms the need for the people of Catalonia to be able to freely and democratically determine their collective future and urges the government to hold a referendum during the following legislature.
The resolution was adopted after the general policy debate. It received 84 favourable votes, 21 against and 25 abstentions. On 23 January the Parliament of Catalonia adopted by 85 favourable votes, 41 against, and 2 abstentions the " Declaration of Sovereignty and of the Right to Decide of the Catalan People ". It is based on the following principles: sovereignty, democratic legitimacy, transparency, dialogue, social cohesion, Europeanism, legality, role of the Catalan Parliament and participation. In accordance with the democratically expressed will of the majority of the Catalan public, the Parliament of Catalonia initiates a process to bring to promote the right of the citizens of Catalonia to collectively decide their political future.
On 8 May this purely political declaration was provisionally suspended by the Constitutional Court of Spain. On 12 December , the Government of Catalonia announced that a deal between Catalan nationalist parties had set the date and wording for the referendum on independence. The date would be 9 November and that it will contain a question with two sections: "Do you want Catalonia to become a State?
The date was chosen as it would allow for discussions with the Spanish Government in order "to stage the consultation legally", but the Spanish Government stated shortly thereafter its intention to block the referendum, stating: "Such a poll will not be held. According to the consultation decree, "in the consultation there is a first question followed successively by a second question, and they are worded as follows: a Do you want Catalonia to become a State? The participation process does not have an official electorate. Catalan people who are resident in other Spanish regions, and Spanish citizens who live in Catalonia but are not resident there, cannot vote.
Estimates of the number of people eligible to vote range between 5. On 25 March , the Spanish Constitutional Court finally ruled that the sovereignty part of the " Declaration of Sovereignty and of the Right to Decide of the Catalan People " was "unconstitutional and null", and therefore did not allow a self-determination referendum to be held in Catalonia. On 8 April , the Spanish Congress rejected the Catalan parliament's request to give it the power to organize the self-determination referendum.
On 19 September the Parliament of Catalonia approved by favourable votes, 28 against, the Consultation law. According to pro-consultation parties, this law will provide the legal basis for the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Artur Mas, to hold the consultation non-binding self-determination referendum on independence from Spain on 9 November. On 27 September , Catalan President Artur Mas signed a decree calling for a consultation on independence. On 14 October, the Catalan President proposes a "process of citizen participation" as an alternative for the original referendum  The Spanish government announced that it would block the effort by appealing to the Spanish Constitutional Court, which decided to hear the Spanish government case on 4 November , which provisionally suspended the vote.
The Catalan Government announced they would push forward with the vote, in defiance of the Constitutional Court of Spain. Position of the parties with parliamentary representation in the Parliament of Spain sorted by seats :. The Basque Government supports the Catalan agreement to hold the referendum and calls on the Spanish government to recognise the referendum and allow it to be celebrated.
Since December , several surveys have been carried out on the two stated questions of the referendum. Voters who vote in the first question no, are against Catalonia becoming a state. The Catalan government indicated that 2,, votes were cast overall,  out of 5. Turnout estimates published by media outlets range between Turnout varied greatly across the 41 administrative districts of Catalonia.
The proportion of Yes-Yes votes over the total electorate ranged between Below is a table outlining the results of the referendum by district. The table does not consider turnout. Catalan president Artur Mas said the vote was "a lesson in democracy. They are accused of serious civil disobedience and perverting the course of justice for having authorized the unofficial vote on 9 November in defiance of its prohibition by the Constitutional Court of Spain. Prosecutors were calling for Artur Mas to be disqualified from office for 10 years, while Ortega and Rigau for 9.
The trial focused on the events since the suspension decided by the Constitutional Court on 4 November , until the beginning of the popular vote, on 9 November. In the event, in March Mas was barred from public office for two years by a court in Barcelona for organizing an illegal vote in defiance of the Spanish courts. He was also fined 36, euros; Joana Ortega and Irene Rigau, were also convicted, barred 21 months and 18 months, respectively, as well as receiving lesser fines.
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