The 2017 Catalan independence referendum in Spain

Hundreds of thousands march in Catalonia as Madrid aims to block independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2017

The march came amid an explosive political crisis in Spain, as Madrid mobilizes police and the courts to try to block the independence referendum.

Pseudo-left Popular Unity Candidacy campaigns for Catalan separatism

By Alejandro López, 17 August 2017

Last week, the Catalan pseudo-left separatist Popular Unity Candidacy launched its campaign for the referendum on Catalan independence from Spain planned for October 1.

Catalan independence referendum sparks growing concerns in Europe

By Alejandro López, 11 August 2017

On both sides of the Atlantic, sections of the ruling elite fear a confrontation between Barcelona and Madrid could spark a crisis engulfing Spain.

Divisions mount in Spain’s Podemos as Catalan independence referendum looms

By Alejandro López, 24 July 2017

From its creation Podemos has been an amalgam of forces with opposing views on regional nationalism.

New York Times backs calls for Catalan independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 6 July 2017

The Times’ main concern is that tensions between Madrid and Barcelona might provoke an explosive situation if Madrid uses repressive measures.

Spain: Pseudo-left CUP reverses opposition to Catalan austerity government

By James Lerner, 14 September 2016

Nationalist demagogy conceals the real aim of the Catalan independence project: to create a mini-capitalist state offering cheap labor and low taxes to foreign investors.

Spain: Catalan regional parliament votes next steps to independence

By Alejandro López, 3 August 2016

The independence vote has deepened the political crisis in Spain, which has now been without a government for eight months.

Popular Unity Candidacy votes ensure passage of Catalan austerity budget

By Alejandro López, 18 February 2016

The vote exposes the CUP’s reactionary role and that of all the parties in Spain and internationally that have promoted its false “anti-capitalist” pretensions.

Popular Unity Candidacy votes ensure passage of Catalan austerity budget

By Alejandro López, 16 February 2016

The vote exposes the CUP’s reactionary role and that of all the parties in Spain and internationally that have promoted its false “anti-capitalist” pretensions.

New Catalan premier installed on pro-austerity platform of secession from Spain

By Alejandro López, 12 January 2016

The regional parliament has elected Carles Puigdemont as regional premier for the Together for Yes coalition, with the support of the pseudo-left CUP.

Spain: CUP supports a pro-austerity, separatist Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 12 January 2016

The Popular Unity Candidacy and the pro-austerity separatist parties of the Together for Yes coalition have joined to elect a new Catalan premier.

Spain: Elections anticipated after CUP refuses to back Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 6 January 2016

The petty-bourgeois Candidatures of Popular Unity have refused to invest Catalan President Artur Mas, whose party they have backed in parliament.

Spain’s Constitutional Court suspends Catalan secession resolution

By James Lerner, 13 November 2015

As the regional Catalan parliament continues to fail to assemble a government, Madrid is signaling that any attempt to actually initiate secession would face legal action.

Spanish government, state attorney move to halt Catalan independence drive

By James Lerner, 11 November 2015

Madrid is threatening Catalan regional officials with sedition and rebellion charges, which carry long prison terms, if they act upon their resolution calling for secession.

Catalan parliament votes to begin secession from Spain

By Alejandro López, 10 November 2015

Though most Catalans voted for anti-secession parties in the regional elections, the Catalan regional parliament voted for secession, plunging Spain into deep crisis.

Catalan secessionist resolution provokes political crisis in Spain

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2015

As Madrid threatens to crack down on aggressive Catalan-secessionist measures by the ruling parties in Barcelona, what is emerging is a crisis of bourgeois rule in Spain.

Catalan separatists secure majority in regional elections

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2015

Behind the nationalist fanfare, the truth is that the combined vote of the ERC and CDC has fallen compared to the last regional elections.

Spain: Pro-secession parties expected to win in Catalan regional election

By James Lerner, 26 September 2015

The “Together for Yes” coalition comprises a collection of bourgeois and petty-bourgeois political forces.

Spain: Corruption charges and police raids ahead of key Catalan elections

By James Lerner, 19 September 2015

The 2008 economic crisis has destabilized the whole post-Franco set-up, of which the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia was a part.

Spain: New National Security Law to come into force before Catalan elections

By Carlos Hernández and Alejandro López, 11 August 2015

With the new National Security Law, the Popular Party government will have an alternative legal instrument to confront any moves towards Catalan separation.

Spain: Regional Catalan president calls early elections

By Alejandro López, 26 January 2015

The calling of early elections comes as the Catalan parliament discusses its 2015 budget, which will impose further austerity measures on the region.

Catalan minister admits independence demand used to divert social unrest

By Paul Mitchell, 18 December 2014

The statement by Planning Minister Santi Vila is confirmation of the warnings made by the World Socialist Web Site of the politically criminal role played by the pseudo-left.

Catalan independence poll mobilises core nationalist vote

By Paul Mitchell, 11 November 2014

Turnout for a poll that was heralded as decisive for the future of Catalonia was just 37 percent.

Catalan regional government proceeds with alternative referendum despite new suspension

By Alejandro López, 7 November 2014

Madrid has sent 500 anti-riot police of the infamous police intervention units and around 800 intervention units of the militarized police, the Civil Guards, to Catalonia.

Catalan government cancels independence referendum

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 15 October 2014

The task of the pseudo-left groups is to advise the Catalan bourgeoisie on how to market separatism to the working class.

Tensions rise in Spain over Catalan independence referendum

By Alejandro Lopez, 6 October 2014

While powerful forces in Madrid oppose the referendum, the Catalan authorities in Barcelona who have called for it cannot easily back down.

Spain’s Constitutional Court suspends Catalan independence referendum

By Paul Mitchell, 4 October 2014

The 12 judges unanimously agreed to an appeal lodged by Spain’s Popular Party government against the referendum.

Spain’s government denounces Catalan referendum

By Alejandro López, 29 September 2014

The deputy prime minister held a press conference where she reiterated that Madrid would not allow the referendum to take place

Spain: Catalan pseudo-left intensify pro-independence agitation

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2014

Pseudo-left organizations in Catalonia are attempting to provide a progressive fig-leaf to a reactionary nationalist movement.

Demonstration of two million organised by Catalan National Assembly

By Paul Mitchell, 15 September 2014

Despite its conflict with the Popular Party government over the control of resources, the Catalan government is in total agreement that the working class must pay for the economic crisis.

Spain: Catalan separatist leader declares Scottish vote “an example for us”

By Alejandro López, 12 September 2014

The separatists in Catalonia and Scotland invoke a false historical narrative that depicts each region as an oppressed nation.

Spanish Congress rejects Catalan independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 22 April 2014

The Spanish Popular Party government and the main opposition Socialist Party have rejected the request by the Catalan regional parliament to hold an independence referendum on November 9.

Catalan nationalist parties set date for independence referendum

By Alejandro López, 27 December 2013

The growth of Catalan nationalist sentiment is the result of the betrayals carried out by the Spanish trade unions, with the support of the pseudo-left parties, of repeated attempts by the working class to oppose austerity.

Separatist parties dominate Catalan election results

By Paul Mitchell, 27 November 2012

The Catalan parliamentary election held November 25 resulted in a significant vote for parties calling for independence from Spain.

The dead-end of Catalan independence

Part two

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 2 November 2012

This is the conclusion of a two-part article. Part one was published November 1.

The dead-end of Catalan independence

By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell, 1 November 2012

Workers and young people should reject all claims that their interests are served by calls for Catalan independence, which have gained momentum with the economic crisis.