World Bulletin/News Desk
Catalans will form a human chain along the 400 km seashore of Spain's Catalonia region under the leadership of non governmental organization the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) with the theme "Catalan way to independence" on September 11, the Catalonian national day. The event aims to both menace Madrid and make Catalan's voice heard in the world.
ANC officials told reporters that they were working to construct the Catalonian government and stressed that as Catalans they had reached their redline on the issue.
"We can bear no more. Catalans want a referendum as soon as possible for the foundation of their own state," the officials said.
Vice President of the ANC Jaume Marfany stated that the event on September 11 will be a "peaceful rally" where they will demand their independence to show their democratic and pluralist demands and to announce that they want to become a new, independent European country.
ANC officials also reminded that the head of the Catalonia autonomous government, Arthur Mas, had sent a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in July to which there had been no reponse. The letter offered 5 separate models were offered to hold a legal referendum in 2014. He noted that if the 2014 referendum were blocked, they would try for new solutions.
86 Catalan municipalities and 30,000 volunteers will participate in the human chain. The biggest one will be organized in the city of Barcelona. 1.5 million participants, 20% of Catalan population, are expected to join the movement. The catenation activity will also take place in world famous touristic cites such as the Sacred Family Church and Nou Camp Stadium.
Similar human chains will organized in 55 cities around the world between September 1-11 to support an independent Catalonia.
Last week, Iraqi army began a fresh operation aimed at purging remaining ISIL terrorists from Mosul’s western districts
The assassination of the former deputy prime minister on February 27, 2015 was the highest-profile killing of a critic of President Vladimir Putin since the ex-KGB officer took charge in 2000.
The assaults left 560 people injured, including 43 children, the ministry said.
The independence and neutrality of the justice system is under scrutiny ahead of a two-stage presidential election in April and May amid several high-profile probes into Fillon and Le Pen.
The decision, announced late Saturday, was taken following a request from President Mahamadou Issoufou after Wednesday's attack near the border with Mali.
In an interview, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the representative in Canada of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said it was too soon to know whether the cross-border flow of people is an uptick or signals a longer trend.
Raed Saleh and fellow White Helmet member Khaled Khatib had been set to attend Sunday's ceremony in Hollywood, where "The White Helmets" is shortlisted for best short documentary.
Perez, a labor secretary under former president Barack Obama and the party's first Hispanic-American leader, immediately named the contest's runner-up, leftist lawmaker Keith Ellison, as the party's deputy chairman.
The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said Omurbek Tekebayev, who leads the nominally socialist Ata-Meken party, was detained on Sunday after landing at the country's airport.
Decision by Kenya Red Cross Society follows abduction of its staff, blocking of aid trucks in Baringo county
Amid an ongoing feud with media, U.S. president says he won't attend annual White House Correspondents' Dinner
One suspect in custody, incident likely caused by driving under the influence, police say
After the DUI's decision, the SDSM said its top body unanimously confirmed Zaev as candidate for forming a new government.
The exact date has not yet been fixed, they said.
Opposition spokesman Salem al-Muslat says 'whatever it costs, we will continue to negotiate for solution'
Israeli forces suppressed a march in al-Khalili's Old City demanding reopening of Shuhada Street on the 23rd anniversary of the Ibrahimi mosque massacre