This video from Brussels, Belgium says about itself:
Catalonia‘s sacked president Carles Puigdemont is expected to deliver statements in Brussels on Thursday, 21 December 2017, following the announcement of the Catalan regional election official results.
The election was called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on 27 October 2017, when the Spanish government fired the Catalan leaders and dissolved the parliament that staged a unilateral referendum on separating from Spain and voted to establish an independent republic.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Catalonia election: Puigdemont’s party claims victory as independence movement set to gain overall majority
Kim Sengupta, Barcelona
Thursday 21 December 2017 22:52 GMT
Catalonia’s independence movement claimed victory in the region’s election with parties seeking secession set to gain an overall majority in parliament – a dramatic and unexpected result which will have huge impact not just on Spain but the European Union.
The outcome, looking increasingly likely with 90 per cent of the votes counted, is a shattering blow to [Spanish right-wing Prime Minister] Mariano Rajoy who had called the election with the expectation of reaffirming Madrid’s control over Catalonia with an emphatic victory.
The Spanish Prime minister now faces, instead, the probable prospect of an ongoing confrontation with a separatist coalition once again in power in Barcelona.
The three separatist parties, Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and Junts Per Catalunya (JxCat) and CUP have the numbers required to reach 70 seats, two more than needed for a majority. The pro-unionist Ciudadanos (Cs) may end up as the single largest party, but, adding to Mr Rajoy’s travails, his Popular Party (PP) has performed very poorly.
JxCat is expected to get 34 seats: ERC 32 and the CUP 4. Ciudadanos is due to get 36 seats: the Catalan Socialist party 17; the anti-austerity Comu-Podem 8 and the People’s Party (PP) 4.
Rajoy’s PP had 11 seats in the Catalan parliament dissolved by Rajoy; in this election, they collapsed to just four seats. Or just three seats, according to the BBC, and according to daily El Pais.
Late on Thursday JxCAt, led by former president Carles Puigdemont, claimed victory and demanded the release of political prisoners. Agusti Alcoberro, vice president of Catalan National Assembly, said: “We can say that pro-independence forces have won the elections.”
The Spanish Prime Minister will now face pressure and critical scrutiny, not just for gambling on the snap election, but his heavy handed response to the Catalan government under Mr Puigdemont’s calling of an independence referendum when the Guardia Civil were sent in and clashes broke out injuring hundreds of people.
From the BBC:
“It’s sad to turn on the television and never see a black face or an Arab personality,” says Najat Driouech, who is likely to become Catalonia’s first female Muslim MP. …
She arrived in Catalonia from Morocco with her parents as a nine-year-old, in 1990. She has been a community worker for her local council in Masnou, a town outside Barcelona, for 17 years. …
Despite not being a member of any political party, she agreed to join the electoral list for the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), to take her fight against prejudice to a higher level.
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