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Catalonia Independence Parties in Lead for December 21 Election

• themaven.net, by Mike Mish Shedlock

The Spanish government dissolved the Catalan parliament and arrested many of its leaders following its declaration of independence. Ousted Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont is in exile in Belgium.

Puigdemont faces trumped up charges of rebellion and sedition. It is impossible for Puigdemont to get a fair trial in Spain, and everyone with any bit of honesty or common sense knows just that.

Meanwhile, Catalans head to the polls in regional snap election on December 21. Will the result be any different this time?

Puigdemont Doubles Down

Puigdemont, who maintains he's the legitimate regional president after being sacked by the central government, will lead a new platform under the banner of Together for Catalonia. He said on Saturday a victory at the polls on Dec. 21 would serve to ratify his mandate and send a signal to the European Union, which has repeatedly sided with the government of Mariano Rajoy against unilateral attempts for independence.

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