Catalonia Protests – level 3

08-10-2020 07:00

Catalonia, home to Barcelona, is a semi-autonomous region in northeastern Spain with about 7.5 million inhabitants.

Since the 2010s, there has been a growing support for Catalan independence, which caused Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades. Demonstrators supporting Catalan independence clashed with police after they tried to reach the regional parliament building in Barcelona. Furious protesters marched and threw pig heads at the police.

The protests started when the Spanish Supreme Court banned the Catalan president Quim Torra from holding any public political office for 18 months after he had disobeyed electoral law. The court’s decision has started a new period of political uncertainty in the region.

Difficult words: semi-autonomous (having self-government within a larger political entity), constitutional (relating to the basic laws of a state), electoral law (the rules and regulations that affect elections).

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