Thousands Of Catalans Crowd Barcelona To Call For Early Elections
after plans for a Nov. 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid.
South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea
by Katie Valentine Posted on October 22, 2014 http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/22/3582766/florida-city-secession-sea-level-rise/
One small city in South Florida is willing to secede from the state if it means the threat of sea level rise will finally be taken seriously.
The resolution — like all other secession attempts in the U.S., apart from the one in 1775 — isn’t likely to make it very far. In order for Florida to actually split into two states, the resolution would have to be approved by Florida’s state legislature and by the U.S. Congress. But the three South Miami council members who voted the resolution into being still think the subject of sea level rise is serious enough to make the secession statement.
The resolution singled out Southeast Florida’s particular vulnerability to sea level rise in its reasons behind its call for secession from the current state of Florida. It noted sea level rise estimates of three to six feet by the end of this century, and stated that, because much of South Florida is low-lying and sits on porous bedrock, even a small amount of sea level rise can easily cause flooding and could pose a threat to the region’s groundwater.
“South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” the resolution states. “Many of the issues facing South Florida are not political, but are now significant safety issues.”
Despite these dangers, however, the resolution notes that Florida’s capitol hasn’t been receptive to South Florida lawmakers’ concerns about sea level rise.
[…] And though the voting to create a new state might seem extreme, South Florida isn’t the only region in recent years to consider secession. Last year, 11 Colorado counties, fed up over state regulations on gun control, agriculture and energy development, tried to create a new state, an attempt that failed. This year, a northern California county voted to secede and create the new state of Jefferson, a would-be state that was first proposed in 1941. Residents in western Maryland also pushed for secession this year, saying they had grown fed up over the state’s Democratic leadership.
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Did Catalonia cancel its Nov. 9 referendum because a court challenged its “legality”?
What type of coercion was used on politicians to derail the popular referendum?
- Catalan leader Artur Mas announces unofficial poll on the same day in place of vote, which Spanish government called illegal
- Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, a pro-independence party that backs the regional government of Artur Mas said the Catalan leader had told it and other political forces during talks on Monday that he would not organise the referendum as planned.Mas will instead offer to hold a “consultation of citizens,” an ERC spokesman told Reuters.The referendum was suspended last month by Spain’s constitutional court, but the regional government of Catalonia had not announced a decision to abandon the planned vote. –10-14-2014 • dailymail.co.uk
Catalonia Chickens Out
By The Spain Report Oct. 15th, 2014 https://www.thespainreport.com/11823/catalonia-chickens/
News of Mr. Mas backing down from the Catalan referendum to a more watered down substitute poll has travelled around the world.
In the end, Catalan First Minister Artur Mas backed away from the edge, announcing a retreat from the prospect of rebelling against the Spanish state, which had laid down the law and warned him charges of contempt or sedition were waiting just round the corner should he go much further along the path he had led Catalans down. There will not now be the longed-for Catalan vote on November 9, he said, at least not as agreed upon by all, because he was never planning on holding a referendum outside of the limits of the law.