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Actions of Spanish state in Catalonia “reprehensible” and majority of European leaders "spinelessness" says Welsh MP

Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales) Member of the UK parliament for Arfon has condemned the actions of the Spanish state and criticised European political leaders for their slow or lack of reactions to the events in Catalonia last Sunday. Travelling back from Catalonia, where he had been acting as an international commentator, he described the actions of the Spanish state against peaceful voters as “reprehensible.”

Day of bravery for Catalonia - Day of shame for Spain

Nearly 900 people were reported to have been hurt yesterday after riot police stormed polling stations, dragging out voters and firing rubber bullets into crowds. Intimidation by the Spanish state did not prevent millions of Catalans managing to cast their ballots, however, others were forcibly stopped from voting as schools housing ballot boxes were raided by police. On a day that saw the reputation of Spain in absolute tatters, the bravery of the Catalan people stands in stark contrast to the cowardly and abusive behaviour of the Spanish national police and paramilitary Civil Guard. 

Catalonia: Franco’s Legacy Remains Alive and Well

News from the Celtic League:

A Catalan Member of Parliament (MEP) I used to know posted on Twitter this morning:

“Spanish police using violence against Catalan voters. Don’t ever call it a democracy again #CatalanReferendum"

The Celtic response to the referendum in Catalonia on independence from Spain

There is strong support from those in the Celtic nations for the democratic right of the people of  Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. This has been clearly stated by the Scottish government and progressive nationalist parties in the Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The Celtic League has also been clear in its support for the right of the Catalan people to determine their own future.

Accusation that Wales is being turned into a penal colony for English prisoners

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Prison Reform, has claimed that Wales has become a dumping ground for English prisoners. She pointed out that the HMP Berwyn super prison in Wrexham, has less than 10% of the current inmates who are Welsh. A large 1,600 capacity category C prison on Baglan Moors, Port Talbot, South Wales is  also now also planned. As reported in the Welsh newspaper the Daily Post she said: "If there is going to be this money spent in Wales it should be spent on social issues and crime prevention.”

Boundary Commission Fails Cornwall Again

Kernow

28 IX 2017

At their last consultation, the unelected and distant Boundary Commission were told repeatedly that reducing the number of councillors would ONLY benefit metropolitan parties. Yet they are steaming ahead with it anyway. And now they are wanting yet another consultation. So let's give them one. Tell the Boundary Commission YOU DID NOT LISTEN TO THE LAST CONSULTATION.

You can send an e-mail to reviews@lgbce.org.uk, or write in to the following address:

Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of land ownership in Europe

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament which continues the process of land reform in Scotland following the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Established under the Land reform Act is the Scottish Land Commission (SLC), which came into being on 1 April 2017. A study into who owns Scotland's land and the impact that has on the people who live there is to be carried out by the SLC. Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of land ownership in Europe.

Welsh and Irish launch Irish Sea and Celtic Sea study into the health of fish stocks

Scientists in Wales and Ireland are taking part in a new £4.8 million pound (€5.5m) project to study the effects of climate change on the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea. The project known as Bluefish will study the health of fish stocks in the Irish Sea over the next three years. It will also study the migratory movement of commercial fish and the risks from new non-native species.

Remarkable discovery which connects a 4,000-year-old tomb in Kerry with the equinox

The Dingle Peninsula (Irish: Corca Dhuibhne) is a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is in County Kerry ( Contae Chiarraí)) in the south-west of Ireland. Its stunning Atlantic coastline, mountains and lakes make this area among the most scenic in Ireland. The area is rich in history, with many internationally recognised sites of importance. A significant number of ancient monuments are located in the area around the valley of Loch an Dúin on the eastern side of the Conor Pass.

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