19 October 2019


Millions rally in Spain on International Women’s Day

KONFRONTASI - Millions of women workers in Spain have taken part in an unprecedented protest march and strike across the country to mark International Women’s Day and oppose wage gaps, domestic violence, and sexual discrimination.

Labor unions in Spain estimated that over five million women participated in the first 24-hour nationwide “feminist strike” on Thursday, which was sponsored by 10 unions and some of Spain’s top female politicians.

Work resumes normally in Catalonia as Spain enforces direct rule

KONFRONTASI-Work resumed normally in Catalonia and calm reigned on the streets on Monday despite calls for civil disobedience from secessionist politicians, in early signs the direct rule imposed to stop an independence bid from Spain was taking hold.

Although some public sector workers have yet to tell their new bosses whether they will accept orders, the lack of unrest came as a relief for financial markets, which rose.

Catalonia, a prosperous region with its own language and culture, triggered Spain’s biggest crisis for decades by holding an independence referendum on Oct. 1, which Spanish courts called illegal.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy assumed direct control of the region on Friday, sacked its secessionist government and called a snap election for Dec. 21.

However, some of the most prominent members of the Catalan administration, including its president, Carles Puigdemont, and vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, had said they would not accept the move and only the people of Catalonia could dismiss them.

Spain’s state prosecutor on Monday called for rebellion and sedition charges to be brought against Catalonia’s leaders over their push to separate from Spain. Attorney-General Jose Manuel Maza also called for charges of misuse of funds to be laid.

Under Spain’s legal system, the request goes to a judge for consideration. Maza asked the judge to call the secessionist leaders to testify.

The main civic groups behind the pro-independence campaign had called for widespread civil disobedience, and said that public sector workers such as teachers, firefighters and the police should refuse orders from the central authorities.

But most workers started their working day at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) as normal and there was no sign of widespread absenteeism.

Most sacked Catalan leaders remained ambiguous on Monday and stopped short of directly defying Spain’s authority. There were no signs of any spontaneous demonstration taking place.

Puigdemont posted a picture on Instagram taken in the regional government headquarters, but was not seen entering, suggesting the photo may have been taken by someone else.

Regional transport chief Josep Rull posted on Twitter a picture of him working in his office but he was later seen leaving the building. Spain’s transport minister had said in a radio interview Rull would be allowed to collect his personal belongings but not work there.

When he left, Rull said he would now attend a meeting of his PdeCat party (Catalan Democratic Party).

“Let’s go on with the scheduled agenda,” he said.

Spain's King condemns Catalan leaders as thousands take to streets

KONFRONTASI- Spain’s King Felipe VI on Tuesday accused Catalan secessionist leaders of shattering democratic principles and dividing Catalan society, as thousands took to the streets to protest against a violent police crackdown against the banned independence referendum held on Sunday.

The televised speech, a rare intervention by the 49-year-old monarch who is normally silent on politics, was a sign of how deeply Spain has been shaken by the Catalan vote and a police crackdown that injured 900 people.

Spain, Catalonia tussle over control of Mossos police

KONFRONTASI - Spain's central government and regional Catalan authorities tussled Saturday over who controls the regional police force that is considered key to the success of a planned Oct. 1 independence vote for the northeastern region.

The Catalan government has already vowed to push ahead with the referendum, which the Spanish government considers illegal — and on Saturday said it was refusing to hand over control of the Mossos d'Esquadra police force to Spain's Interior Ministry.

Spain votes in general election after Brexit

KONFRONTASI-People across Spain have cast their ballots for the second time in six months, in a closely watched election just days after Britain's decision to exit the European Union.

Polls closed at 8pm (18:00 GMT) for Spain's roughly 36.5 million voters on Sunday, with results expected shoftly.

Sunday's repeat vote came after the four main political parties failed to agree on a coalition after December's general election resulted in a hung parliament.

5-magnitude earthquake hits central Spain, shaking Madrid

KONFRONTASI - An earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale has jolted central Spain, sending shockwaves through the country’s capital, Madrid.

The Monday temblor, whose epicenter was located seven kilometers (4.3 miles) from the town of Ossa de Montiel, near Albacete, about 220 kilometers (135 miles) southeast of Madrid, sent some panicked office workers into the streets.

According to Spain's National Geographic Institute, the quake struck at 5:16 pm (1616 GMT), while its depth has been given as 14 kilometers (8 miles).

Ten die as Greek fighter jet crashes in Spain

KONFRONTASI-Spain's defence ministry has said that a Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into a hangar at a military base in Spain where it was participating in NATO training.

The defence ministry said on Monday that ten people died in the crash and 13 were injured.

The F-16 plane crashed shortly after taking off at the training centre in Albacete, 262 kilometres southeast of the Spanish capital of Madrid, according to the ministry statement.

Spain proposed security law angers activists, opposition

KONFRONTASI-Spain’s opposition parties and rights groups have criticized the government for introducing a new security law aimed at limiting public protests.

On Thursday, Spain’s lower house of parliament, known as the Congress of Deputies, approved a highly contentious bill that puts major restrictions on holding protests.

The law introduces hefty fines for unauthorized protests outside strategic installations. The legislation also allows for the summary expulsion of migrants that try to enter the country illegally.

Taksi 'Uber' Divonis Ilegal Oleh Pengadilan Spanyol

Konfrontasi - Kasus kejahatan taksi di Spanyol dinilai lebih canggih dari Indonesia. Pengadilan di Spanyol melarang layanan transportasi yang berbasis aplikasi telepon genggam Uber untuk beroperasi. Pemerintah menerima protes yang dilakukan asosiasi taksi.

Hakim mengatakan pengemudi Uber tidak memiliki ijin resmi dan menuduh layanan itu menimbulkan "kompetisi yang tidak sehat".

Keputusan diambil setelah ada keluhan dari Asosiasi Taxi Madrid.

Seorang juru bicara Uber mengatakan perusahaan ini "masih beroperasi" di Spanyol.

WHO officially declares Spain free of Ebola

KONFRONTASI - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Spain is clear of Ebola with no new cases of the disease having been reported over the past two months.

"There have been no further cases since the healthcare worker was confirmed to be negative for Ebola virus, so today the outbreak is over in Spain," WHO said in a statement.