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Issue No. 2429

Catalans vote for independence

More than two million people took part in a referendum on Catalan independence last Sunday, despite Spanish courts insisting a vote would be illegal.

Around 80 percent backed independence. 

But the turnout was just 37 percent after the Catalan government declared the referendum to be merely symbolic.

It took protests and mass canvassing for it to go ahead. 

The Spanish government will now look into prosecuting the Catalan government. 

But its authority has been damaged by the Catalans’ defiance.

Thousands join Brussels march

Up to 130,000 people marched in Brussels on Thursday of last week against austerity measures planned by the Belgian government.

Protesters travelling to the capital took up so much of Belgium’s public transport that eurozone finance ministers faced disruption getting to their meeting.

Trade unions organised the demonstration. They have also called a series of strikes leading up to a general strike on 15 December.

Civilian rule plan in Burkina Faso

Opposition groups in Burkina Faso have presented its temporary military leader with a plan to switch to civilian rule. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Zida declared himself leader after a mass uprising forced president Blaise Compaore to flee.

The plan aims to please all sides, including the military and Compaore’s supporters.

Such a government is unlikely to deliver radical changes that protesters hope for.

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