The president of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta, who is due to step down from the post next year, said yesterday that people should rise up against anyone who treats Catalunya with intransigence (article in Catalan, Avui). The comments were made as Laporta took part in an event held each year to remember the ex-president of the Generalitat Lluís Companys, in 1940, who was killed by firing-squad at Franco’s command. In recent weeks, Laporta has made increasingly forthright declarations regarding political issues, which many have interpreted as laying the way for him to move into local politics once he leaves Barça; on September 11th, the national day of Catalunya, he was at the head of a demonstration organised by independence groups.
The Catalan government, concerned by the rise in cheap alcohol on offer here, has decided to prohibit offers in bars such as 'happy hours' (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Anything designated as promotional activity that encourages "uncontrolled" consumption of alcohol, including competitions, happy hours and two for one offers on certain drinks, will be covered by the new law, which has just been approved. Any bars, hotels or other establishments that are found to be breaking the legislation will face a fine of at least €6,000; repeat offenders risk their businesses being closed down. This is the first time such a law has been passed in Spain, although similar prohibitions have recently been introduced in countries including Sweden and the Netherlands.
Also in the news: Barcelona to have better Christmas lights (La Vanguardia); Valencian PP party dismiss secretary general and parliamentary spokesman Ricardo Costa (La Vanguardia) and former PP president of the Balearic Islands to appear in court (El Periodico); Denials about TGV works causing cracks in Barcelona buildings (Avui)