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· October, 2013

Stories about Spain from October, 2013

Spain's Association of Victims of Terrorism Publicly Chastizes Amnesty International

The vast majority of Internet users defended the work of Amnesty International, the international human rights organization.

On the Kingdoms of Spain

Overnight, Catalan politics changed. Hundreds of towns in the Catalan countryside preemptively declared independence. Catalonia's Parliament passed a declaration of sovereignty. But nothing changed in Spain.

Council of Europe Condemns Deterioration of Human Rights in Spain

The Council of Europe denounces the serious situation of human rights in Spain, largely as a result of social spending cuts, and disproportionate police violence.

Catalan Man Sentenced to Prison after Refusing to Speak Spanish

Carles Mateu, who refused to speak in Spanish to officers during a routine traffic stop in Valencia, was sentenced to six months in prison and had his driver's license revoked.

363 Coffins Close, Reopening the Debate on Illegal Immigration in Europe

The shipwreck of a boat full of immigrants off the coast of Lampedusa, which caused more than 360 deaths, reopens the debate in Europe on illegal immigration.

“My Body is My Weapon!”, Femen in Spain to Claim the Right to Abortion

"Of course we will go further and of course we will continue protesting," said Lara Alcázar, leader of the Femen movement in Spain.

Hundreds of Earthquakes on Catalan Coast Stir Protests Against Gas Company

Over 300 microtremors hit the northern area of Valencia and southern Catalonia. The quakes could be related to the activities of a controversial natural gas company called the Castor Project.

The Castor Project Causes Seismic Movements on the Spanish Coast

The tremors may have been caused by injecting gas in an undersea reservoir that the corporation Castor project manages.

Teachers Strike and Protest on Spanish Balearic Islands to Defend the Catalan Language

An indefinite teachers' strike and protests in the streets are clamoring against a new regional education law which displaces Catalan in schools.

“And Draw Until I Die,” Eight Questions for the Illustrator Lorraine Rodriguez

"Once you discover what you like, what brings you satisfaction, what you know how to do, what you're passionate about more than anything else, then there's no turning back."

Exhibition of Fascist Paraphernalia in Public School in Spain

The mayor of the locality denies having seen the fascist paraphernalia displayed on the market stalls, although she admits that she spent an hour at the exhibition.

Global Voices Català Wins at Catalonia Blog Awards

Spain Is Not Very Happy

According to a study by the Carlos III University in Madrid, Spaniards rank 49th out of 112 countries in happiness .

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