The following timeline explains succinctly how we got here. It allows an understanding of the evolution of this movement, in which Catalan civil society impelled political leaders to organize a self-determination referendum.
  • Catalan political prisoners start hunger strike

  • Spanish prosecution demands lengthy prison terms for 'uprising'

    The Spanish Attorney-General announced the prison terms the prosecutor’s office will demand against the 18 Catalan independence leaders and for which accusations. The heaviest accusation is that of ‘rebellion’, an ‘uprising’ including ‘force, aggression and violence’. The longest prison sentences are demanded for former deputy PM Oriol Junqueras (25 years), civil society leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart (17 years) and former speaker of Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell (17 years). Eight more face 7 to 16 years behind bars.
    In the meantime, Catalan policer major Josep Lluís Trapero and his lieutenant, plus two former interior ministry officials, have been accused of rebellion or sedition by the special Spanish National Court, facing prison sentences up to 11 years.
  • 1 year of imprisonment for Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart: 1 year of injustice

    Exactly one year has passed since Jordi Sànchez, then President of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Jordi Cuixart, President of Òmnium Cultural (ÒC), have been in preventive detention, accused of rebellion and sedition for having defended freedom and democracy and having exercised such fundamental rights as that of nonviolent protest. Sànchez and Cuixart are currently immersed in a lawsuit tainted from the very outset by countless irregularities. The lawsuit is based on invented, non-existent acts of violence attributed to both men. Preventive detention itself, applied in this case with the clear intention of instilling fear into the citizenry, is an anomaly since it may normally be used only as a last resort.
  • Catalans rally a year after the Referendum for Self-Determination on October 1st to insist on making it effective

    Thousands of people rally throughout the day on the first anniversary of the independence vote. 180,000 in Barcelona and thousands in Tarragona, Girona and Lleida gather in demonstrations organized by the Plataforma 1 d’octubre against repression and calling for the jailed political leaders to be released.
    Protesters leaded by the Committees for the Defence of the Republic occupied streets in Barcelona and Lleida, blocked motorways and a high-speed rail line and surrounded the Catalan parliament under the lemma "October 1st, neither forgiving, nor forgetting".
  • 6,000 people summon to counter protest against the Jusapol (Spanish police association) rally in Barcelona

    Catalonia police force Mossos d'Esquadra charged against thousands of pro-independence who tried to prevent that the protest organized by the Spanish police association Jusapol in downtown Barcelona in homage to the police officers that beat voters on the Referendum, could be carried out normally. The memory of police violence against voters comes back.
  • Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gather in Barcelona

    15,000 people concentrated in front of the headquarters the Catalan Economy Ministry
    to mark one year of the police macro-operation of September 20th last year and the citizen mobilization which lead to the imprisonment of the leaders of Catalonia's main pro-independence movements in Barcelona, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cruixart.
    The demonstration was convened by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural, claiming the right to freedom of speech.
  • The Diada after the 1-O; one of the most massive National Days

    Over a million of people have filled Barcelona today to demand independence for Catalonia. The slogan of the demonstration was ‘Let’s build the Catalan republic’ and illustrates the demand for the application of the democratic mandate arising from the Oct 1 referendum on self-determination, when 90% of voters (43% of the Catalan electorate) voted in favour of Catalan independence. At 17.14h precisely, the demonstrators at one of end the Diagonal Avenue started a wave of sound, holding up banners. Meter by meter, just like in a domino effect, the wave of sound moved on to the other end of the demonstration, where it symbolically felled a wall.
    Human rights lawyers Ben Emmerson and Aamer Anwar and Prof Schulze MD were some of the speakers this year at the Diada. And ANC president Elisenda Paluzie demanded the establishment of the Catalan republic while The Diada – the Catalan National Day, celebrated worldwide.
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  • Judge Llarena withdraws all European extradition warrants for rebellion

    Pablo Llarena withdraws all European extradition warrants for rebellion of all the exiled Catalan Ministers.
    From this moment, they can freely circulate in all countries, except Spain, where they would be detained.

    With this decision, judge Llarena has been fully exposed, and he finds himself in an unprecedented contradiction: there are seven Catalan politicians in exile, five of whom were members of the Catalan Government on October 1 2017, that can move freely around Europe, but cannot set foot in Spain without being detained, while in Spain there are nine political hostages, accused of serious but non-existent crimes such as rebellion – that the Belgian and German courts have ruled out –, and who have been in preventive detention for months and without a trial having been held.
    El Periódico_EFE/Ballesteros
  • Massive march demanding freedom for political prisoners

    200,000 gather in a protest called under the slogan “ Neither prison nor exile. We want you home” organised by ANC, Òmnium and ACDC.
  • German court rules out rebellion and sedition

    The Schleswig-Holstein court decides to process the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) to extradite Carles Puigdemont on charges of misuse of public funds. In contrast, charges of rebellion and sedition have ended up being discarded, since the court has considered that violence in the events for which his extradition was requested cannot be proved, and because the crime of sedition is not contemplated in the German criminal code.
  • The Government in exile takes judge Llarena before the Belgian courts

    President Carles Puigdemont and the rest of the Government in exile present a civil suit before the Belgian courts on the bases of impartiality and prevarication in his judgement of the Catalan independence process. Belgian law summons the judge to declare on September 4.
    ElDiario.es
  • Motion of no confidence against Rajoy

    The motion was registered by PSOE on 25 May after the ruling PP was found to have profited from corruption. The motion was successful and resulted in the downfall of Mariano Rajoy's government and in PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez becoming new Prime Minister of Spain. Rajoy announced on 5 June 2018 his resignation as PP leader after having led the party for 14 years. The independentist parties (ERC and PdeCat) vote in favor of the motion and are decisive in the downfall of Mariano Rajoy.
  • Belgium rejects the extradition of Comín, Serret and Puig due to a formal error by Llarena

    Llarena's error detected by the Belgian authorities was not to issue an arrest warrant in Spain against the exministers when it issued the extradition request on 23rd March. Community legislation requires that the euro-order should be the translation of a national arrest warrant. Nevertheless, Llarena linked the euro-order to the indictment sheet instead of a national arrest warrant. The Belgian Prosecutor's Office notified Llarena of this error in the exchange of information that they had the past month of April. The case of the exministers in Belgium is closed because the Supreme Court can not appeal the refusal to extradite them.
    Diari Més
  • Quim Torra, 131th president of the Generalitat

    The negotiations between Junts per Catalunya and ERC lasted several weeks and, finally, on May 10, the investiture was announced and a new candidate was proposed after the failed attempts of Carles Puigdemont, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Turull, as they were blocked by Spain.

    The new candidate proposed by President Puigdemont himself is Joaquim (Quim) Torra, Deputy of Junts per Catalunya.
    Vilaweb
  • Thousands march in Barcelona for jailed Catalan leaders

    Hundreds of thousands turned up for the protests called by ANC and Òmnium to mark six months since the arrest of their leaders (Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart).
  • Members of CDR detained for road protests

    Tamara Carrasco, member of the CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Republic), was detained for blocking roads during Easter 2018 on terms of rebellion and terrorism. The protests were peaceful and nobody was harmed although tires were burned to block the roads. After a few days in custody she was released on the condition that she doesn’t leave her hometown Viladecans.

    Another member of the CDR, Adrià, fled from Spain when he was about to be detained. At the moment, Adrià is in Brussels where President Puigdemont's law firm works in his case.
    AFP / La Vanguardia Web
  • Germany frees President Puigdemont

    The Audience of Schlesvig-Holstein released bail to Carles Puigdemont and dismissed, at the same time, his extradition to Spain for the crime of rebellion.
    DW
  • The UN accepts the complaint of President Puigdemont about the lack of human rights in Spain

    The United Nations accept the formal complaint filed by President Puigdemont the 2nd of March about the lack of human rights in Spain alleging that Spain has committed several violations in many of his rights.

    Spain and its judiciary system are totally exposed to the public opinion at an international level.
    Catalan News
  • Detention and imprisonment of President Puigdemont in Germany

    The legitimate President of the Generalitat de Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, was detained by the German authorities on the border with Denmark, while he was returning to Belgium from Finland. With the European extradition warrant reactivated, judge Llarena was able to intercept Puigdemont with the help of the German police, who kept him under custody in Neumünster, waiting on his extradition to Spain. 55,000 gather in a protest rally the same day organised by ANC and Òmnium.
    VOA News
  • New political prisoners

    After the failed investiture of Jordi Turull, Judge Pablo Llarena calls Ministers Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Dolors Bassa and Raül Romeva; ERC deputy Marta Rovira and the Speaker of the Parliament of Catalonia Carme Forcadell to the Supreme Court.
    They are sent into pre-trial detention without bail.
    Rovira, Forcadell and Bassa resigned their seats in Parliament the night before, and Marta Rovira fled into exile in Switzerland.
    El Nacional
  • The failed investment of Jordi Turull

    Judge Llarena does not allow Jordi Sànchez to leave the prison of Soto del Real to attend his investiture as president of the Generalitat. Junts per Catalunya proposes a third option for the position of President of the Generalitat de Catalunya: the deputy and ex-Minister Jordi Turull. Even so, Turull does not obtain enough supports as CUP did not vote for him.
    ElDiario.es
  • Formation of the Council of the Republic

    With President’s Puigdememont step aside, he announces the formation of a new organization presided by himself that will act from exile in Brussels: the Council of the Republic. A private organization that will work for the internationalization of the Catalan Independence Process and care for the creation of republican structures. In addition, it will be independent from the Government of the Generalitat in order to avoid any Spanish State interference.
    Viquipèdia
  • Provisional step aside of President Puigdemont

    President Puigdemont decides to provisionally step aside and discard himself as a candidate to preside over the Generalitat de Catalunya. He then proposes Jordi Sànchez, president of the ANC and number 2 of the list of JxCat, as a candidate. Jordi Sànchez is still in pre-trial detention.
  • Casserole protest

    The King of Spain Philip VI has scheduled a visit to Barcelona on occasion of the Mobile World Congress, the largest mobility fair in the world. His arrival, was not attended by any representative of the Generalitat de Catalunya, nor by the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau nor by the President of the Parliament Roger Torrent.

    The CDR (Republic Defense Committee) organized protest rallies against the royal visit, which grow up to be a casserole protest in all the cities of Catalonia.
    CCMA
  • Postponed investiture of Carles Puigdemont

    The newly elected President of the Parliament of Catalonia proposes Carles Puigdemont as the candidate to preside over the Generalitat of Catalonia, the candidate with more support. The days before the investiture could be held, however, the Spanish Government asked the Constitutional Court to suspend the investiture of Puigdemont on the grounds that he was in Brussels.

    The Constitutional Court then decreed that Carles Puigdemont could only be invested if physically present in Parliament; yes, with the prior authorization of Pablo Llarena, judge of the Supreme Court. This never happened.
  • Establishment of the new Parliament of Catalonia - Roger Torrent

    Carme Forcadell, former President of the Parliament of Catalonia, refuses to repeat the position alleging that it is incompatible with the legal causes open to allow the vote on the Declaration of Independence on October 27, 2017.
    When the elections were won, the Republican Bloc agreed that the presidency of the Parliament would be for the ERC, while the presidency of the Generalitat would fall to JxCat (Carles Puigdemont). In this way, therefore, ERC proposed Roger Torrent as the new president of the Parliament of Catalonia. Neither the exiled Consellers nor the prisoners were allowed to vote in the election. Even so, the abstention of Catalonia in Comú-Podem allowed the inauguration as President the Parliament of Roger Torrent and a new independence majority in the Bureau of the Parliament.
    REUTERS/Albert Gea
  • Pro-independence parties won yet another absolute majority in the Catalan Parliament

    The elections held on December 21, 2017 in the Parliament of Catalonia convened by the President of the Spanish Government, had a tense electoral campaign that prohibited symbols and, even, the yellow color, color that was related to the Freedom of political prisoners and, in turn, the independence movement.
    On this occasion, the pro-independence candidates didn’t agree to form a single list, and in the different pro-independence lists, there were candidates who were in jail or in exile.
    The participation was 79.09%, the highest in the history in elections to the Parliament; and the Republican Bloc won the elections with 47.5% of the votes and 70 seats. Unionist had 43.47% of the votes and 57 seats. Non aligned (En Comú-Podem) had 7.46% of the votes and 8 seats.
  • Release of some political prisoners

    Judge Llarena decreed the release of Ministers Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Carles Mundó and Josep Rull on December 4, 2017; but kept in pre-trial prison Vicepresident Oriol Junqueras and Minister Joaquim Forn, as well as the freedom movement leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart.
    El Món
  • Rally for the Freedom of the Political Prisoners

    750,000 people gathered in the Marina street in Barcelona in a 3km rally.

    The rally was organized by ANC and Òmnium Cultural with the motto "Freedom for political prisoners, we are a Republic".
    El Punt Avui
  • General strike in protest for regression in social rights

    The CSC union, with the support of the ANC, Òmnium Cultural and the AMI, summons a new general strike as a protest for the regression in social rights in Catalonia.
    Diari Ara
  • Imprisonment of the Legitimate Government of the Generalitat

    Spain summons article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to exert direct rule over Catalonia. Vice President Oriol Junqueras or the Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull and Ministers Jordi Turull, Meritxell Borràs, Carles Mundó, Raül Romeva, Dolors Bassa and Joaquim Forn, are imprisoned on pre-trial prison by order of Judge of the National Court, Carmen Lamela, after being charged with crimes of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.
    Half of the Government of the Generalitat is imprisoned and the other half is in exile in Brussels. The main Catalan cities see massive protests in the streets as a consequence.
    Nacional Digital.cat
  • Exile of the President of the Generalitat and part of the legitimate Government

    President Carles Puigdemont, the legitimate President of the Generalitat, announces that he is in Brussels. He faces charges for the crimes of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. He is joined by Ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comín, Lluís Puig and Clara Ponsatí. An international press conference is held to tell the world the what Catalonia is going through.
    CCMA
  • Declaration of Independence and direct rule via Article 155

    Junts pel Sí and CUP present a statement in which they urge the Government of the Generalitat to apply the effects of the Declaration of Independence (which had been suspected by President Puigdemont 17 days before) and to open a constituent process.

    The voting is carried out secretly and the parliamentary groups of Ciutadans, PSC and PPC do not participate as they abandon the Parliament before the voting. The Declaration of Independence is approved by 70 votes in favor, 10 votes against and 2 blank votes.

    The Catalan Republic is constituted as an independent and sovereign state of law, democratic and social, assuming the mandate of the people of Catalonia expressed in the Referendum on Self-determination of October, 1st.

    Minutes after the Declaration of Independence, the President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, announces the direct rule of the Generalitat of Catalonia via Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. The functions of the presidency of the Generalitat are delegated to the vice President of the Spanish Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, and the functions of each Ministers are assumed by the different ministers of the Spanish Government.

    The Parliament of Catalonia is dissolved and autonomous elections are called for December 21, 2017.
    CCMA
  • Imprisonment of the Jordis

    Jordi Sànchez, President of the ANC, and Jordi Cuixart, president of Òmnium Cultural, were charged with the crime of sedition as organizers of the massive demonstration that took place on September 20 in front of the Catalan Ministry of Economy in protest of a Spanish police rally. The Spanish courts decree their imprisonment without bail.
    Nació Digital
  • Declaration of Independence and temporary suspension

    The pro-independence parties sign a declaration of independence in the Parliament of Catalonia.
    President Puigdemont temporarily suspends the effects of the declaration to allow for an international mediation and a negotiated solution.
    Nació Digital
  • General Strike

    General strike in Catalonia in support of the referendum and against police violence.
    Largest demonstration in Catalonia where people in all cities, towns and villages took to the streets.
    Pro-independence protesters were joined by unionists protesting against police brutality.
    Via Empresa
  • Independence Referendum held under Spanish police violence

    With a participation of 2,2 million people (43% turnout*), the "Yes" to independence wins with 90% (2,044,038 votes) of the votes cast in the binding referendum.
    The Spanish National Police and the Spanish Civil Guard confiscate ballot boxes that could not be counted and their violent intervention leaves 894 injured.

    *Other Referendums turnout:
    - European constitution referendum in 2005: 42% turnout in Spain
    - Catalan statute of autonomy referendum in 2006: 48,85% turnout in Catalonia
    CCMA
  • Mobilization in the Ministry of Economy of the Generalitat de Catalunya and at the headquarters of the CUP

    The Civil Guard raids several branches of the Catalan government and holds 12 senior officials in a large anti-referendum operation.
    The State Attorney General orders the police to confiscate ballot boxes and voting materials because the Constitutional Court declared the referendum on October 1 illegal.
    REUTERS/Susana Vera / CCMA
  • The YES National Day

    A million people take to the streets of Barcelona to celebrate The 11S, Catalonia's National Day.

    They show support for the self-determination referendum to be held on October the 1st.

    Spanish President Rajoy ignores the claim, while the State Attorney General threatens more than 700 Catalan mayors with detention if they support the referendum.
    CCMA
  • Referendum Law approved by the Catalan Parliament that provides a legal framework for referendum 1O

    The referendum law approved by Parliament provides a legal framework for the referendum on October 1.
    All the Ministers of the Catalan Government sign the decree that officially calls on citizens to express their opinion on the independence of Catalonia in a binding vote.
    CCMA
  • Announcement on self-determination referendum

    The president of the Generalitat announces the self-determination referendum for October 1.
    The Catalan people will be called to the polls to answer the question: "Do you want Catalonia to be an independent State with the form of a republic?"
    CCMA
  • Catalan Government demands an agreement on the referendum to Central Government in Madrid

    The Catalan government once again demands an agreement on the referendum during a conference in Madrid.
    Less than 24 hours later, Rajoy's response arrives, with the consent of the PSOE: there will be no negotiation on the referendum.
  • Mas, sentenced to 2 years of disqualification for 9N independence consultation

    Artur Mas, sentenced to two years of disqualification by 9N independence consultation.
    Spanish justice has opened more than 400 legal proceedings related to the sovereignty process against elected officials.
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  • Rally to defend the Catalan institutions

    80,000 people take to the streets to defend Catalan institutions against the use of courts to stop the process of self-determination.
    More than 400 elected officials are being prosecuted for political reasons, including the president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Carme Forcadell, and the former president of Catalonia, Artur Mas.
    Racó Català
  • Almost a million Catalans take to the streets

    The demonstration of this Diada took place in 5 different Catalan locations: Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, Salt and Berga; and brought together more than 800,000 people vindicating a binding referendum of self-determination.
    Youtube
  • Spanish general election

    The political deadlock marks the first time that a Spanish election was triggered due to failure in the government formation process. Ahead of the election, Podemos and IU joined forces to form the Unidos Podemos alliance, along with several other minor left-wing parties.

    PP wins the election with 137 seats, followed by PSOE with 85 seats, Unidos Podemos 71, with ERC with 9 seats and CDC with 8 seats. As a result Mariano Rajoy is elected president.
  • Carles Puigdemont, 130th President of Catalonia

    Carles Puigdemont is chosen 130th president of Catalonia with the vote of 70/135 deputies. President Artur Mas relinquishes his post to facilitate the constitution of a new independence government. The new government is committed to lead Catalonia to independence in a year and a half.
  • Spanish general election

    After a legislature plagued by the effects of an ongoing economic crisis, corruption scandals affecting the ruling PP party and social distrust with traditional parties, the election results in the most fragmented Spanish parliament in its history.

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's PP emerges as the largest party overall, it obtains its worst result since 1989. The party's net loss of 64 seats and 16 percentage points also marks the largest loss of support for a sitting government since 1982. Opposition PSOE obtains its worst result since the Spanish transition to democracy, losing 20 seats and nearly 7 points. Newcomer Podemos (Spanish for "We can") ranked third, winning over 5 million votes, some 20% of the share, 69 seats and coming closely behind PSOE. Up-and-coming Ciudadanos enters the parliament for the first time with 40 seats, though considerably lower than what pre-election polls had suggested.

    No party secures a majority. Ensuing negotiations fail to produce a stable governing coalition, paving the way for a repeat election.
  • Pro indy parties win the absolute majority at the Catalan Parliament elections

    With an exceptional participation of 77.44%, the independence forces win by absolute majority the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia with 72 of the 135 seats.
    The results legitimize the Parliament of Catalonia to move towards an independent Catalan state. The results are: 47.8% of voters support pro-independence lists, and 39.1% to unionist parties. 13% voted for lists that supported the right to decide but without a clear opinion about independence or were blank votes.
    CCMA
  • Another Diada that fills the streets of Barcelona

    Over 2 million people take to the streets in Barcelona to demonstrate in favor of independence.
    A new mass demonstration takes to the streets of Barcelona, a few weeks before the elections.
    Nació Digital
  • Official call for elections for Sept 27.

    The president of Catalonia officially calls the elections for September 27.
    Although Artur Mas accepts that a regional election is not the best way to ask people about independence, he understands that it is the only way to allow citizens to express their opinion in a legal vote (Spanish institutions could only block them by suspending the autonomy of Catalonia).
  • Agreement to hold a 'de facto' referendum through early elections on September 27

    Catalonia will hold a 'de facto' independence referendum through early elections on September 27.
    Following the agreement reached between the two main pro-independence parties (CiU and ERC) and representatives of the main civil society organizations that support self-determination. The Spanish government has blocked the other alternatives for holding the referendum.
  • Rajoy visits Bcn and criticizes Catalonia's self-determination plans

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visits Barcelona for the first time since the November 9 vote and harshly criticizes Catalonia's self-determination plans during a Popular Party meeting.
    Rajoy ignores the offer of meeting made by the Catalan President but reiterates that he is open to discuss on any subject except "the unity of Spain".
  • Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold legal and binding voting on independence

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legal and binding vote on independence.
    It is prepared to call early elections, which will be a de facto plebiscite on independence if the Spanish government insists on blocking the other alternatives.
  • Criminal complaint against Mas, Rigau and Ortega for 9N independence consultation

    The Attorney General of the State files a criminal complaint against President Mas, the Vice President and the Minister of Education for "not stopping" the 9N independence consultation.
    The three Catalan representatives are accused of disobedience, prevarication, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of power. They could be tried, suspended and imprisoned because they did not stop the democratic exercise.
    Vilaweb
  • Rajoy affirms that "it was not a democratic vote"

    Three days after the 9N independece consultation, the Spanish President Rajoy affirms that "it was not a democratic vote, but an act of political propaganda and a useless farce."
    He also believes that the 9N independence consultation vote was a "failure of the independence project, since two-thirds of potential voters did not participate."
  • 9N non-binding referendum

    Despite the barriers of the Spanish Government and the courts, more than 2.3 million Catalans vote in the engagement process: 80.76% in favor of independence, 4.54% in favor of the status quo and 10,07 in favor of a "third way".

    The consultation is possible thanks to the collaboration of 30,000 volunteers. International observers consider it a successful vote under exceptionally difficult circumstances, and President Mas considers it the last step before the final vote.
    Regió 7
  • The TC suspends the process of citizen participation 5 days before the event

    The Spanish Constitutional Court cancels the process of citizen participation five days before the event.
    Because of the Constitutional Court's barriers, the Government of Catalonia decides to propose to different non-governmental organizations to organize the democratic exercise.
  • Mas announces a new vote through a process of citizen participation

    Once the popular consultation is prohibited, plan B consists of organizing a "process of citizen participation", a tool already provided for in the Statute that allows citizens to express themselves in public affairs and which includes the act of voting.
  • 97% municipalities in Catalonia approve statements in favor of 9N independence consultation

    920 of the 947 mayors of Catalonia meet at the headquarters of the Government of Catalonia in Barcelona to show their support and commitment to the consultation on November 9.
    EFE / Diari Ara
  • The Spanish Government urges the TC to suspend the 9N independence consultation

    In an urgent and unscheduled plenary meeting, the Constitutional Court accepts the Spanish Government's appeal and decides to temporarily suspend the Law of non-binding consultations and the decree calling the consultation on November 9.
  • Mas signed the decree of the call for the 9N independence consultation

    The citizens of Catalonia will vote in favor of the status quo, in favor of a new accommodation for Catalonia within Spain (subject to Madrid's proposal) or in favor of independence. Registered foreigners and young people between 16 and 18 years old can participate.
    EFE / Diari Ara
  • The Catalan Parliament approves the law of popular non-binding consultations

    As the referendums can only be called by the central government in Madrid and it refuses to do it, the Parliament of Catalonia approves an autonomous law that should enable the Catalan Government to organize a less formal vote, the so-called "popular consultation".
  • Diada "V"

    1.8 million people take the the streets of Barcelona to celebrate the National Day of Catalonia and ask to vote on November 9th.

    They form a mosaic with the colors of the Catalan flag of 11 kilometers long in the form of a giant V that claims "Votar".
    CCMA
  • Spanish Parliament votes against transferring the referendum jurisdiction to Catalonia

    The two main Spanish parties (Partido Popular and Partido Socialista) agree and vote "no". 86% of the camera votes against and only 13.5% do it in favor.
  • Parliament makes a formal request to hold a referendum

    As happened in the United Kingdom, the Parliament of Catalonia asks the Spanish Government to transfer the legal powers to hold a referendum. This vote comes to be requested eighteen times by the Catalan institutions.
    CCMA
  • Diada: Via Catalana

    About 2 million Catalans hold hands to form a human chain that covers 400 kilometers north to south of Catalonia asking for independence.

    The Catalan National Assembly organizes a demonstration inspired by the Baltic Road of 1989. Smaller human chains are also organized in more than 100 cities around the world. In total, 1,600,000 demonstrators participated in the Via Catalana.
    Foto de MARTI FRADERA / El Periódico
  • 77% of the Catalan Parliament requests to start negotiations with the Spanish Government

    The request is supported by 104 of the 135 deputies, including those belonging to the government coalition and four opposition parties. Only two parties reject it (Partido Popular and Ciudadanos).
  • Declaration of Sovereignty and the right to decide of the people of Catalonia

    With the approval of this resolution by the Parliament of Catalonia, it was agreed to initiate the process towards the right to decide, with 85 votes in favor, 41 against and 2 abstentions. The Constitutional Court of Spain suspended the Declaration, but the Bureau of the Parliament of Catalonia considered that it remained "in force" because "a political wish cannot be suspended".
  • Elections in CAT: 80% Parliament supports self-determination

    107 of the 135 deputies of the new Catalan Parliament are in favor of a referendum on self-determination as the best option to know what most Catalans think about independence and how to effectively channel from the institutions the massive independence movement that goes from bottom to top.
  • Another “No” from Madrid.

    As Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refuses to offer any specific proposals in political or budgetary terms for Catalonia, Catalan President Artur Mas and several Catalan parties agree to hold regional elections in order to see whether there has been a considerable change in the citizens’ perception of the option of independence, as the demonstration in Barcelona seemed to show.
  • On Catalonia’s National Day, 1.5 million people attend a demonstration in Barcelona with ‘Catalonia: Next State in Europe’ as its slogan.

    As no reaction comes from the political parties in Spain to the concerns of Catalan society, the civic movement shifts from a defence of Catalonia’s self-rule to an openly pro-independence stance.
    Comunicació 21
  • Creation of the Association of Municipalities for Independence

    The AMI was officially established in Vic, and since then, the number of adjoining municipalities has been growing. Nowadays, it officially brings together all the provincial councils (Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona and Lleida), 37 county councils (90.2% of the total), 787 Catalan municipalities (83% of the total), 9 decentralized municipal entities and 1 consortium.
    For more information: http://www.municipisindependencia.cat/
  • Spanish general election: Rajoy gets absolute majority

    The election campaign is dominated by the effects of an ongoing financial crisis, high unemployment, a large public deficit and a soaring risk premium.

    The election results in the PSOE being swept out from power in the worst defeat for a sitting government since 1982, losing 4.3 million votes and scoring its worst result in a general election ever since the first democratic election in 1977.

    PP win the election with 186 seats, followed by PSOE with 110 seats, CiU with 16 seats and ERC with 3 seats. As a result Mariano Rajoy is elected president.
  • As a response to the Court’s sentence, a huge protest under the slogan ‘We are a nation. We decide!’ is organized.

    A million citizens take to the streets of Barcelona with a clear message: the relationship between Catalonia and Spain cannot be decided by ten judges behind closed doors. However, the principal Spanish parties fail to propose how to restore the Statute to that which has already been agreed by both the Catalan and Spanish Parliaments and ratified by the people of Catalonia.
    Pere Virgili / El Punt Avui
  • The Spanish Constitutional Court rewrites 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterprets 27 others

    After four years of deliberations, the Constitutional Court of Spain, by a 6 to 4 majority of its members, rewrites and changes the interpretation of 41 articles – mainly those relating to language, justice and fiscal policy – thus watering down even further the main tool for Catalonia’s self-rule.
  • Grass-roots symbolic votation non-binding referendum on independence in Arenys de Munt followed by more than 500 municipalities

    All began with the municipal consultation in Arenys de Munt (in the Maresme region) on September 13, 2009. Subsequently there were 4 more waves in different locations in Catalonia during 2009, 2010 and 2011, when Barcelona voted. Overall 555 municipalities organised the consultation, and more than 900,000 people voted. The overall turnout was 21%.
  • Demonstration in Brussels in favor of independence: 10.000 in Brussels

    Demonstration to request a referendum on self-determination of Catalonia. There were 10,000 people attending, according to the organizers.
    El Punt Avui
  • Spanish general election: Zapatero wins again

    After four years of growing bipolarisation of Spanish politics, the election sees a record result for the ruling PSOE and opposition PP, together obtaining more than 83% of the vote share—over 21 million votes—and 92% of the Congress seats.

    As a result Zapatero is sworn in as Prime Minister of Spain for a second term in office in April 2008, just as the Spanish economy begins showing signs of fatigue and economic slowdown after a decade of growth.
  • Jose Montilla becomes 128th President of the Generalitat of Catalonia

    Jose Montilla was invested by the Parliament as the new president of the Generalitat by 70 votes in favor and 65 against.
  • Election to the Parliament of Catalonia

    The outcome is similar to that of 2003. Again, CiU is the most voted party (48 seats, two more than in 2003), but the PSC, ERC and ICV-EUiA revalidate the absolute majority (37 seats for PSC, 21 ERC and 12 ICV-EUiA). They form a tri-party government under the presidency of socialist José Montilla with the republican independence leader Josep Lluís Carod Rovira as vice president. The new Ciutadans party enters the Parliament with 3 seats, which, like the PP (14 seats), was in direct opposition to the new Statute.
  • The PP against the new Statute

    The Partido Popular files a constitutional complaint against the new Statute of Catalonia, in which 114 of the 223 articles and 12 provisions are amended. Mariano Rajoy lists the elements of unconstitutionality that his party saw in the Statute: 1. Catalonia being a nation, since "from the constitutional point of view, there is no other nation than the Spanish nation, holder of sovereignty”; 2. The "privileged" treatment of the Catalan language derived from considering its knowledge as a duty and "the exclusive consideration of Catalan as the language of education"; 3. The Judicial Power for Catalonia, because "it breaks with the judicial unity of Spain"; 4. The distribution of competences between Catalonia and the State; 5. The bilateral principle "that privileges Catalonia and lays the foundations of an asymmetric confederal model" and supposes "an inadmissible inequality in the Constitution"; 6. The international relations of Catalonia; 7. Catalonia’s own financing system, “it must be agreed between all the autonomies.”

    Reactions of the Catalan parties to the amendments are immediate. The PSC accuses the PP of acting with "disrespect towards the Catalans" who has approved the new Statute in a referendum and of "underestimating" the idea of "plural Spain". ERC warns that if the Constitutional Court approves the appeal, the new Statute “will not meet the needs of Catalonia and will show that another constitutional framework that respects our rights was necessary". CiU describes the PP initiative as "aggression against Catalonia", although it recognises that it was a "legitimate and respectable" decision, while ICV predicted a failure of the Popular Party in the upcoming Catalan elections.
  • Catalonia votes the new Statute

    A referendum on the Statute is held in Catalonia, and the YES wins, defended by the PSC and ICV, with 73.90% of the votes, while the NO, supported by ERC and the PP, remains at 20.76%, although the abstention was 50.59% (there was 5.3% of blank votes). Once the results are known, the president of the Generalitat Pasqual Maragall tells the people: "Dear Catalans: we have Statute," and urges ERC and PP to "join the consensus" to develop the Statute.

    The approval of the Statute becomes a "bitter victory" for Pasqual Maragall since a few days after the referendum, under pressure from his own party, he announces that he will not be the socialist candidate for the presidency of the Generalitat.
  • The Spanish Parliament approves a watered-down version of the Statute.

    The two chambers of the Cortes Generales discuss and water-down the text proposed by the Parliament of Catalonia. Prime Minister Zapatero disappoints many Catalans as he cannot honour his promise to pass the text as originally drafted by the Catalan Parliament. . Catalonia loses the power to collect taxes, and is not defined as a nation in the Statute.
  • Massive demonstration against the watering-down of the Catalan Statute in the Spanish

    Parliament after the agreement reached by the prime minister of Spain, Rodríguez Zapatero and the leader of the Catalan center-right nationalists, Artur Mas. Under the slogan “We are a nation. We have the right to decide” called by the Plataforma pel Dret de Decidir, hundreds of thousands fill the Gran Via Street, from Plaça Espanya to Plaça Catalunya.
  • The Spanish People’s Party starts a campaign against the new Catalan Statute

    Mariano Rajoy’s party challenges the law from the opposition bench before the Spanish Constitutional Court, which, surprisingly, decides to hear the case. Four million signatures are collected throughout the rest of Spain against the Statute.
  • The Parliament of Catalonia passes its proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy.

    The Parliament of Catalonia approves (with the support of 120 MPs out of 135) and sends to Madrid a proposal to reform the 1979 Statue of Autonomy recognising Catalonia as a nation, preventing Madrid’s interference in devolved powers, and giving Catalonia full control over a transparent and rational financial arrangement. The text has to be validated by the Spanish Parliament and confirmed by the Catalan people in a referendum before it will enter into force.
  • Spanish general election outcome influenced by the Madrid train bombings

    PSOE win the election with 164 seats, followed by PP with 148 seats, CiU with 10 seats and ERC with 8 seats. As a result the socialist José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero is elected president.

    The electoral outcome is heavily influenced by the aftermath of the 11 March 2004 Madrid train bombings. For the remaining days before the election, the PP government keeps claiming evidence that the terrorist organization ETA was responsible for the bombings. However, it soon becomes evident that the bombings has not been authored according to ETA's modus operandi, and new evidence points out to an Islamist attack with possible links to al-Qaeda.
  • Parties supporting a new Statute of Autonomy obtain 88% of seats and the popular vote in the Catalan elections

    During the campaign, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party and future Prime Minister of Spain, commits himself to supporting the new Statute which will be drafted by the Parliament of Catalonia.
  • After 25 years of unsatisfactory interpretations of the 1979 Statute and a continued failure to implement it properly, Catalan political parties propose to set out definitively the political status of Catalonia within Spain

    In the run up to the regional elections, the main Catalan political parties propose to reform the 1979 Statute of Autonomy with the aim of finally accommodating Catalonia within a pluralistic Spain.