Catalonia Today

October

Protesting the sentences

Jail terms for Catalan independence leaders unleash a wave of protest and unrest across the country, while late dictator Franco’s remains are finally exhumed

September

Objective independence

Tens of thousands again turn out in Barcelona on September 11 to call for self-determination, as grape farmers go on strike over prices with the harvest near

August

Open Arms saga unfolds

News is dominated by the Open Arms saga that sees the Catalan NGO desperately seeking safe harbour, while Rosalía is a big hit at the MTV awards

July

Moon landings remembered

As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of humanity reaching the moon, closer to home Barcelona declares war on illegal street traders

June

Broken by Brexit

Theresa May throws in the towel after failing to secure a deal on the UK’s exit from the EU, while Barcelona is chosen to host a European supercomputer

May

Scotland seeks a second vote

Thousands in Glasgow call for a second independence referendum, while Leo Messi becomes only the second footballer to win the Creu Sant Jordi

April

Landmark catastrophe

Tragedy in Paris as the city’s Notre Dame cathedral goes up in flames, while Assange is arrested in the UK, and Sánchez wins the general election

March

Ribbon controversy

March sees Catalan institutions using yellow ribbons to show support for political prisoners, a mass feminist strike, and Catalans march in Madrid

February

The trial begins

February 2019 is dominated by one main theme: the trial of the Catalan political prisoners, which gives rise to mass protests and a general strike