Spanish judge bars Catalan independence poll

4th September 2009, Comments 3 comments

A judge deems the poll illegal as only the central government is allowed to call referendums.

Barcelona – A judge in Spain Thursday barred a town in the northeast of the country from holding a referendum on independence for the Catalonia region.
Catalan nationalists in Arenys de Munt, home to around 8,000 people, had planned to hold the vote on 13 September, backed by municipal authorities.

But a judge in the Catalan capital of Barcelona accepted a request to bar the poll from lawyers representing the Spanish state, who had deemed it illegal as only the central government is allowed to call referendums.

The organisers had planned to ask the town residents if they supported Catalonia becoming an independent nation.

A sizeable minority in Catalonia would like to see the wealthy region achieve independence from Spain.

Thursday's decision comes as a long-delayed ruling is expected in the coming weeks from Spain's Constitutional Court on the legality of a statute that gave Catalonia enhanced tax-raising, administrative and legal powers.

The statute was passed by the national parliament in Madrid and adopted by referendum in Catalonia in 2006.

A decision by the court against it would be deeply embarrassing for the Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose government needs the support of Catalan parties in parliament.

AFP / Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • robert posted:

    on 9th September 2009, 22:29:53 - Reply

    A sizeable minority???????. please dont read more EL MUNDO OR LA RAZON AND DONT SEE INTERECONOMIA.
  • Miquel from Amsterdam posted:

    on 6th September 2009, 13:12:48 - Reply

    This is not true.
    The Spanish court did not block the referendum.
    They only blocked the Council to participate and allow it to happen in the Council.
    The meyer of the village has found another place to hold the referendum and will participate on his free time as citizen, not as meyer.
    The Spanish government does not have the power to prohibit a private survey on independence.
    The referendum will go on.
    And Spain will see soon how hundreds of Catalan villages follow al together with a huge private referendum for independence.
  • Pierre posted:

    on 4th September 2009, 13:01:29 - Reply

    A sizeable minority???????. Over 60% of the population of Catalonia is in favor of independence, the Catalan language and culture has nothing to do with the Spanish, the Spanish constitution in fact considered as Catalonia and Vasque Country nations within the state, therefore , Catalonia is not Spain