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9 Catalan activists arrested on suspicion of planning ‘violent actions’

Madrid / Spanish police on Monday said they had detained nine Catalan separatist activists suspected of planning “violent actions” on the second anniversary of an illegal independence referendum.

Members of the Civil Guard, Spain’s semi-militarized national police force, raided properties in the Barcelona region thought to be linked to Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), an activist platform set up in the wake of the referendum on 1 October 2017, which was ruled unlawful by Spain’s judiciary.

“During the raids, an abundance of documents and computer equipment have been seized for study and analysis,” a police statement said.

“Furthermore, an abundance of material and substances deemed precursors to the manufacturing of explosives, that could (pending confirmation by experts) be used to make devices, have been seized.”

Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, told reporters in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, that he was “naturally concerned” by the news.

Sources from the Prosecution Ministry said suspected that the detainees were planning to carry out the “violent acts” imminently.

Catalan separatists are expected to organize political acts on 1 October to mark the second anniversary of the abortive referendum.

The CDR, loosely organized network of civil groups across the region, has previously staged roadblocks and disrupted rail traffic in defense of Catalan independence from Spain, which they see as legitimately confirmed by the referendum.

The referendum brought Spain close to a constitutional crisis.

In response to the political move, the then-Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, from the conservative Popular Party, turned to Article 155 of the Constitution, which suspended the wealthy northeastern region’s autonomy.

He dismissed the former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, sacked the local government, dissolved the regional parliament and slated snap elections — in a which a coalition of Catalan separatists managed to forge a slim parliamentary majority.

Currently, 12 Catalan political and cultural leaders are on trial at Spain’s Supreme Court facing hefty charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged role in the referendum and the secession bid that followed.

Puigdemont has fled to Belgium to avoid prosecution but remains wanted in Spain.

Monday’s arrests prompted reactions from across Spain’s political spectrum.

Quim Torra, the pro-independence regional president of the northeast Catalonia region, said: “Repression remains the only answer in Spain.”

“They are trying to reconstruct a story of violence before the sentences. They will not succeed. The independence movement is and always will be peaceful.”

Albert Rivera, whose center-right Ciudadanos party staunchly opposes Catalan independence, tanked the police for their efforts against the “separatist radicals who according to the investigation planned terrorist actions.”

“Does anyone think that Torra will order the Mossos (regional police) to investigate his friends and family in the separatist command?”

Although the Supreme Court verdict date has not been set, the ongoing trial, which is streamed live on TV, could continue up until Spanish voters head back to the polls for a repeat election on 10 November. (September 23, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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una operación policial realizada por la Guardia Civil en Cataluña.
B
un juicio contra unos independentistas catalanes.
C
lo que dijo Quim Torra sobre el independentismo catalán.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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ninguno de los detenidos está acusado de terrorismo.
B
varias personas vinculadas a los CDR fueron detenidas porque planeaban realizar acciones violentas.
C
las personas detenidas no están vinculadas con ningún grupo independentista.
Question 3
Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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se informó de que se puso en libertad a dos de los detenidos.
B
los agentes no encontraron explosivos durante los registros.
C
esa operación policial tuvo lugar el lunes de la semana pasada.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que Torra... (It's said in the text that Torra...)
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dijo que el Estado trata de deteriorar la imagen del independentismo.
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desmiente que haya algún tipo de represión en Cataluña.
C
reconoce que el movimiento independentista es violento.
Question 5
En el vídeo se ve o se dice que... (In the video, it's watched or said that...)
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los 12 líderes independentistas pidieron que el soberanismo vuelva a la política.
B
ninguno de los independentistas cree que la sentencia vaya a agravar la situación.
C
todavía no ha comenzado el juicio contra unos líderes independentistas.
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En el texto, 'independentistas' se refiere a... (In the text, 'independentistas' refers to...)
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aquellos que están en contra de la independencia de Cataluña.
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aquellos que no están ni a favor ni en contra de la independencia de Cataluña.
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aquellos que están a favor de la independencia de Cataluña.
Question 2
En el texto, 'casero' se refiere... (In the text, 'casero' is...)
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al propietario de una casa que está en alquiler.
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a una persona que no suele salir de casa.
C
a algo que se ha hecho de forma rudimentaria.
Question 3
'Hallaron' significa... ('Hallaron' means...)
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'estuvieron'.
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'perdieron'.
C
'encontraron'.
Question 4
Si encuentran 'abundante documentación' significa que... (If they find 'abundante documentación', it means that...)
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encontraron muy poca documentación.
B
encontraron mucha documentación.
C
apenas encontraron documentación.
Question 5
En el texto, 'erosionar' es... (In the text, 'erosionar' is...)
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defender a alguien.
B
mejorar el prestigio de una persona.
C
deteriorar o desgastar el prestigio de una persona o institución.
Question 6
El artículo determinado para 'comisión' es: (The definite article for 'comisión' is:)
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lo
B
el
C
la
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