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Spain s Constitutional Court has suspended a
motion passed in the Catalan parliament earlier
this week, which backs independence from Spain.
The court agreed to hear the Spanish government s
appeal against the motion.
The resolution passed on Monday called on the
Catalan regional assembly to aim for independence
in 18 months.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the motion
a "blatant disregard for the state s institution... they
are trying to do away with democracy."
He announced the decision to involve the Con-
stitutional Court after an emergency cabinet meet-
ing earlier on Wednesday.
"We re talking about the defence of an
entire country. They are trying to liquidate
the unity of a nation with more than five
centuries of history," he said.
The Constitutional Court had been expected to
rule in favour of the government.
The 11-judge panel agreed to hear the government s
lawsuit against the Catalan move,
meaning the motion is automatically
suspended for a number of months
while legal hearings are held.
The pro-secession parties had fully
expected Monday s motion, passed
by Catalonia s regional parliament, to
be declared illegal and as part of the
motion argued that the court lacks
As well as aiming for independence
within 18 months, the motion also
allows 30 days to launch legislation
on a Catalan constitution, treasury
and social security system.
Opinion polls suggest a majority of
Catalans favour a referendum on inde-
pendence, but are evenly divided over whether to
With an election looming Rajoy knows he needs
to be tough to please Spanish voters. But go too far
and he risks antagonising Catalans who want to
leave Spain. This Catalan drama is "to be contin-
5,000 flee CAR camp
after rebel attack
BANGUI---UN officials say at least
five people are dead and thousands
have fled a camp for displaced peo-
ple in Central African Republic after
it came under attack by rebel fight-
The violence took place in the
northern town of Batangafo, the UN
refugee agency said yesterday. A pre-
liminary report says that Muslim
fighters killed five people in retaliation
after two young Muslims had been
killed earlier in the day there.
Charles Mballa, the UNHCR s
deputy representative in the country,
condemned the "horrific acts."
Tensions are mounting ahead of national elec-
tions set for late December in Central African
Republic. As a result of violence over the last few
years, some 860,000 people have been forced
from their homes. Pope Francis is due to visit the
capital later this month. (AP)
Radical Poles mark
WARSAW---Thousands of flag-waving Polish
nationalists are marching through Warsaw
with an anti-migrant message as they mark
Independence Day, a holiday marred by
violence in recent years.
The march yesterday was organised by
several radical far-right organisations
under the slogan "Poland for Poles. Poles
for Poland," an allusion to an infamous
anti-Semitic slogan from before World
The large crowd, which included
some wearing masks, marched amid
rising smoke from red flares. Police
estimated crowd size at 25,000. There
was a huge police presence throughout
central Warsaw following clashes on
the holiday in past years.
The day celebrates Poland regaining
its independence following World War
I after being wiped off the map for 123
Earlier, President Andrzej Duda
presided over state celebrations. (AP)
Fire in Mexico
than 40 buses
MEXICO CITY---A raging fire at a holding
lot for municipal buses in southern Mexico
destroyed 47 buses yesterday, and authorities
in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco are inves-
tigating the cause.
Tabasco state police say the early morning fire
was been controlled, but photos showed lines of
buses reduced to charred hulks.
State prosecutors said 47 buses were destroyed,
and state attorney general Fernando Valenzuela
said fuel thefts or disputes between bus drivers
could have played a role.
The state civil defense office said nobody was
injured in the fire.
In 2012, a drug gang took credit for firebomb
attacks that burned dozens of delivery trucks
owned by a PepsiCo snack subsidiary in the west-
ern state of Michoacan and the neighbouring state
But there was no immediate indication any gang
was involved in yesterday s fire. (AP)
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy talks to
reporters after a news conference at Moncloa
palace in Madrid, Spain, yesterday.
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