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dateline: 04 October 2017

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Catalan Voters Seek Independence from Spain

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Catalan: of or related to Catalonia (a region of Spain that includes Barcelona)
  • independence: the state of having one’s own country, laws, and economy
  • referendum: a vote with two choices
  • ballot: a piece of paper that one uses to mark a vote
  • boycott: to refuse to participate or use
  • general strike: a mass, organized refusal to work by all different sectors

Catalan Voters Seek Independence from Spain

On Sunday, October 1, Catalan voters said Yes in a referendum on independence from Spain. Many of those who stood in line to vote were shot at with rubber by Spanish police who claimed the referendum was against the law. The police also destroyed voting stations and ballots. 900 people were injured. Many who do not favour separation boycotted the vote. On Tuesday, Catalonia went on a general strike the police violence. The leader of Catalonia’s separatist government says it will declare within days. Catalonia is Spain’s richest region and has its own language, , and history.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What were people voting on in Catalonia on Sunday?
  2. How did Spanish police react to the voting and why?
  3. What happened on Tuesday?

Discussion Questions: Spain’s central government rejects the referendum, because its 1978 constitution states that the country is indivisible. Do you think this is a valid part of a constitution? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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