Catalonia has been seeking independence from Spain over several decades. On October 27, 2017, 90 percent of Catalans who voted in a referendum chose independence. Spanish government fails to recognize the ballot’s legality.
When Catalonia, after a referendum, decided to become independent from Spain, Madrid responded with a swift and thorough crackdown. Politicians and activists were scooped up by the dozen, and 25 are facing decades in jail.
With media in Spain banned from publishing polls in the week before the elections in Catalonia, researchers have apparently found a way round the restrictions by asking Catalans whether they want to dine alone or at a group table.
No Moscow-linked intrusion was detected during the Catalonia crisis, Spain’s cyber intelligence unit has announced. Earlier, Madrid decried cyber attacks as part of Russia’s alleged wider online effort to support Catalan independence.
Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has lashed out against the European Union (EU) over its response to the Catalan crisis, in which Brussels sided with Madrid in suppressing the independence drive of the region.