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Many young people are camping out in Plaça Catalunya
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"They can 'clean' the square, but not our ideas."
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A man with a megaphone addresses one of the assemblies
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The participants have provided information for those who want to know more about what they're protesting about
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People of all ages have taken part in the activities
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Another discussion group in progress
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The protests have attracted the curious
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Familiar features of Plaça Catalunya have been transformed
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Protesting in the trees
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Following the police charge on Friday 27th May, signs criticising police brutality have appeared
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The protests have become renowned for their organisation and resources
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Plaça Catalunya is covered with signs like this 'without violence' one
In the early hours of this morning, more than 500 Catalan police and around 100 Guardia Urbana officers evicted the remaining people camping out in Plaça Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). At around 2.15am, dozens of police vans surrounded the square and, using a megaphone, the police warned those people camping out that they had 15 minutes to leave. After reminding the campers of the council regulations regarding the use of public space, they also told them that any objects of value that were left in the square would be confiscated. Following the police arrival, the departure of the remaining campers, around 50 people, occurred without incident. Some, about 15, were still in the square at 3am when the municipal cleaning services moved into clean the space; around 40 trucks from BCNeta and vehicles with cherry-pickers took part in the cleaning operation, the latter to dismantle platforms that had been erected in trees. By 3.25am, all the campers had left the square.
Inflation in Spain has fallen this month by 0.3 percent according to the preliminary June report from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). This leaves Spain with an annual inflation rate of 3.2 percent. According to the INE, the reason for the decrease was the fall in prices of tobacco, food and non-alcoholic drinks. The final data on the June inflation rate will be published on July 13th.
If a referendum on Catalan independence were to be held today, the majority of those taking part would be in favour of separation from Spain (read article in Catalan here, Avui). This is the finding of the latest Baròmetre d'Opinió Política del Centre d'Estudis d'Opinió, which has broached the question of a referendum on the issue for the first time in its latest research—the full results were: 42.9 percent of those questioned would vote in favour of independence, 28.2 percent would vote against and 23.3 percent would abstain. If, as would happen in a real referendum, the abstainees were extracted from the results, and only those who would vote were taken into account, then the 'yes' vote would climb considerably to 60.3 percent, while the 'no' vote would be 39.6 percent. Thus the 'yes' vote would achieve an absolute majority while the referendum would meet the international convention of requiring that at least 55 percent of those who take part cast a positive vote, in the case of a region voting for the creation of a new state. For instance, this was the percentage that the EU demanded of Montenegro when it held its vote regarding separation from Serbia: the result of that vote saw 55.5 percent vote in favour of independence and 44.5 percent against. The EU also required a minimum participation level of 50 percent; according to the poll published today, 71.1 percent of Catalans would take part.