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THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT SUSPENDS CATALONIA’S LAW OF THE INDEPENDENCE

Today, The Constitutional Court suspended the law of Catalan Transitoriness, which seeks to convert Catalonia into a Republic, after admitting the appeal of the central executive, a decision that has accompanied a new warning of the obligation to obey addressed to the members of the Govern and the Bureau of the Parliament.

The appeal filed by the central government against the law of transiency approved by the Catalan Parliament, considers that this norm is “the biggest affront and threat” to the bases on which coexistence in Spain is based since 1978 and the “greatest conceivable attack” to democratic values.

The appeal of the State lawyer also maintains that the content of this rule is “proper to an autocratic regime without a minimum separation of powers.”

The Government filed its appeal yesterday against the law of Catalan Transitoriness, but the plenary was postponed to this morning because yesterday was a holiday in Catalonia and any resolution could not be notified.

A multitudinous independence manifestation crossed the streets of Barcelona on the occasion of the Diada on September 11 with the cry of “we will vote”. Urban Guard estimated the attendance of about one million people, while the Government Delegation placed it in about 350,000.

The manifestation of the Diada showed for the Government of Mariano Rajoy, according to a spokesman, the existing division in Catalonia since it was filled by the secessionists what made that it appealed less people than in previous calls.

The law of transitoriness, designed to articulate the transition to independence in the event that the referendum on October 1 was held and the yes succeeded, will not be in force at the moment in which it should operate, since it has been annulled during five months and as long as the high court does not decide on the merits of the appeal.

In today’s resolution, the magistrates of the TC have also warned the seven jurists of the Electoral Office in Catalonia, in charge of monitoring the independence call on October 1.

The magistrates have also addressed this morning of another appeal, the one presented by the Government against the law of the Catalan Treasury, the tax code, an appeal that they have also admitted to processing, so that this law has also been provisionally suspended.

Today, the TSJC (Higher Court of Justice of Catalonia) has detected indications of disobedience and prevarication in the Catalan Parliamentary Bureau, as well as the arbitrary use of power by the Government in calling for a referendum on independence.

Finally, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has given orders in Catalonia so that the security forces and bodies, including the regional police. (September 12, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que...
A
el TC ha suspendido preventivamente una ley aprobada en Cataluña.
B
el TC ha derogado una ley que fue aprobada en Cataluña.
C
el TC da el visto bueno a una ley que fue aprobada en Cataluña.
Question 2
Según la noticia, esa ley aprobada en Cataluña es considerada inconstitucional.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
Question 3
Según el texto, esa ley está relacionada con...
A
la intención del Gobierno de Cataluña de que esta sea un estado independiente.
B
la intención del Gobierno de España de que Cataluña se independice.
C
la intención del Gobierno de Cataluña de que esta no se separe de España.
Question 4
En la noticia se dice que...
A
hubo una manifestación a favor de la permanencia de Cataluña en España.
B
ningún independentista estuvo presente en la manifestación de la Diada.
C
hubo una manifestación en la cual se defendió la independencia de Cataluña.
Question 5
Los cuerpos de seguridad deberán retirar cualquier material para poder realizar el referendo.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 6
Según el texto, el referendo se celebrará...
A
el año que viene.
B
en un par de meses.
C
dentro de unas semanas.
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