Roundup 16 to 22 June

“I am Chinese” in Hong Kong kindergartens / Aland on course for enlarged autonomy / Gaza electricity cuts

WEEKLY ROUNDUP. Making sure that Hong Kong children have a clear idea of their Chinese identity from kindergarten is one of the stated goals of the government the semi-autonomous territory for the next term, soon-to-be chief executive Carrie Lam has said. Another self-governing entity, the Aland islands, are on course for enlarged autonomy within the next years, even if the archipelago’s pro-independence party says a parliamentary proposal falls well short of expectations. Meanwhile, Gazans are trapped in the midst of a multisided power struggle that, this week, has seen the Strip suffering further electricity cuts. Keep reading

Banderes de Hong Kong i la Xina.
News 19.6.2017 a les 13:45h

Jura referendum: the story continues

Moutier is a town with little more than 7,500 inhabitants located on the border between two Swiss cantons —Bern and Jura. The latter, French-speaking, was separated from the former —mainly German-speaking— after a plebiscite was held in 1975. Moutier remained at the Bernese side of the border, even if its main language —such as Jura's— was French. This relates to a powerful correlation between votes and religious belonging: most Catholic-majority regions then voted to separate from mainly Protestant Bern, and form the new canton of Jura. On the contrary, areas with a Protestant majority, even if French-speaking, chose to remain in Bern. Confessionally-divided Moutier was also more or less evenly divided in terms of voting preferences: supporters of continued Bern membership won the vote, albeit by a very narrow margin. Tension was so high that hundreds of police officers and Jurassic independence partisans fought in the streets, a unusual scene in contemporary Switzerland. Keep reading

Partidaris del "sí" a Moutier.
Roundup 9 to 15 June

Vetëvendosje surge deals blow to Kosovo two-party dominance / Guatemalan Mayan leader withstands threats

WEEKLY ROUNDUP. In a weekend marked by several votes —Puerto Rico status referendum, and first round of French legislative election—, the Kosovar vote stands as a potential game changer. For first time since independence, centre-left party Vetëvendosje, which has been always in opposition, has emerged as the country’s second strongest, and has options to enter the government. Also speaking about elections, talks between the Conservative Party and the DUP are progressing, which could allow Theresa May to keep her job as UK prime minister after losing the absolute majority in the 8 June poll. On the other side of the Atlantic, continued intimidation against Indigenous leaders and organizations must be regretted —this week, regarding the K’iche’ in Guatemala. Keep reading

Un simpatizant de Vetëvendosje amb una bandera albanesa la nit de les eleccions.
News 12.6.2017 a les 11:15h

Low turnout in Puerto Rico status referendum, 97% of votes for US statehood

Puerto Rico has held yet another referendum —the fifth one since 1963— on its political future, and yet again the vote is likely not to resolve the status of the Caribbean island. 97% of voters who went to the polls, Sunday 11, did so to support United States statehood for Puerto Rico. But low turnout will probably have Washington not taking any steps, resulting in the maintenance of status quo in the years to come. Keep reading

Ricardo Rosselló, amb el seu equip de campanya a favor de l'estadidad, l'11 de juny.
News 9.6.2017 a les 11:45h

Question set for 1 October Catalan vote: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?”

President of the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont and deputy president Oriol Junqueras today announced that a referendum on independence from Spain will be held 1 October 2017, and has further said that the exact wording of the question will be “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?”. The announcement has immediately been welcomed by pro-independence parties and civil society associations. The Spanish government continues to argue that the vote is illegal and that it will not be allowed to take place. Keep reading

Puigdemont llegeix el comunicat de la pregunta i la data.
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