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    Behold the Human Towers of Catalonia

    Happened across this.

    Here's the tradition...



    Here's the record (2016):




    Was that @kilgram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Happened across this.

    Here's the tradition...



    Here's the record (2016):




    Was that @kilgram?
    Haha. How did you find the human towers?

    If I am not wrong the tallest towers are about 7-10 floors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilgram View Post
    Haha. How did you find the human towers?

    If I am not wrong the tallest towers are about 7-10 floors.

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    Not sure, one video leads to another. This was an advertisement at the start of another video.

    I think this one was 8 stories tall--if you count the two little girls at the top as two stories.

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    Catalonia independence referendum gets underway...

    Catalonia referendum gets underway amid Spain crackdown
    Sunday 1st October, 2017: Catalonia's independence referendum is underway in the towns and cities across the northeastern region, with the Spanish security forces entering many sites and attempting to confiscate ballot boxes.
    The Spanish government has pledged to stop the poll, which is declared illegal by the country's constitutional court. There was an extraordinary show of determination as thousands turned out to vote despite threats from the government in Madrid. The Spanish government considers the referendum unconstitutional and had ordered the police to seal public facilities to prevent voting. Meanwhile, the Spanish interior ministry had asked Catalan schools to collaborate with their operation to halt the referendum.

    Furiously reacting to the brutal crackdown on the voters, Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias said, "Bumps, shoves, old women dragged. What the PP is doing to our democracy is repugnant to me. Corrupt, hypocritical, useless. Is this your 'victory' Mariano Rajoy?" The Guardian reported. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont cast his vote in Cornella de Terri, a village in Girona province. Spanish national forces in riot gear entered several sites, while the Catalan police, known as Mossos, watched voters stream in but made no move to interfere with them. Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, expressed her discontent about the Spanish police's intervention in the referendum. "A cowardly president has filled our city with police. Barcelona, city of peace, is not afraid," Ada Colau tweeted.


    Yesterday, multitudes of supporters of Catalan independence maintained their standoff with the Spanish government they were prepared to hold a fiercely disputed referendum. Several parents had already occupied the schools in a bid to prevent police from restricting access to their use today as polling stations. The actions and reactions have come a day after huge crowds massed in Barcelona, the regional capital, for a final campaign rally by independence supporters.

    Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called on the people to vote despite the obstacles. "We are people who have experience with difficulties, and every difficultly makes us stronger. Friends, so that victory is definite, on Sunday, let's dress up in referendum (clothes) and leave home prepared to change history, to end the process and start progress, social progress, economic progress and cultural and national progress," he said. Notably, Spain's central government had issued stern warnings against the referendum. The country's apex court has even barred it as unconstitutional.

    http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/2...pain-crackdown

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    What a cool video. Thx.
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    Catalonia Officials 'won't follow orders from Madrid'...

    Catalonia Spain: Officials 'won't follow orders from Madrid'
    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 - The warning comes as the Spanish government moves to reassert control over the region's authorities.
    Catalan authorities will not follow orders from the Spanish government if Madrid moves to reassert control over the region, a senior official says. A regional government spokesman told the BBC that the central government was acting against the will of Catalans. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the region's government and curtail some of the powers of its parliament. The Catalan parliament will meet on Thursday to decide on its response. The pro-independence leaders could decide to formalise a unilateral declaration of independence, the BBC's Bethany Bell in Barcelona reports. The Spanish Senate is expected to approve the government's measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections.

    How did we get here?

    The Catalan government, led by President Carles Puigdemont, has refused to halt an independence drive following an outlawed referendum held earlier this month. On Saturday, Mr Rajoy said he was triggering Article 155 of the constitution - an unprecedented move - which allows for direct rule to be imposed in a crisis on any of the country's autonomous regions. But Catalan leaders say they will not accept the plan. Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva said: "How can the European Union live with that situation [if this happens]? "Because what I can tell you is that the people and the institutions in Catalonia will not let this happen." He said the Spanish government needed to recognise that the people of the region had voted for independence. The Catalan government said that of the 43% who took part in the 1 October referendum, 90% were in favour of independence. Unionist parties who won about 40% of the vote at the 2015 Catalan elections boycotted the ballot.

    What happens next?

    Apart from stripping Mr Puigdemont of all his powers, the central government will also seek to take control of Catalonia's police force and its public broadcaster, TV3, reports suggest. Mr Rajoy insisted the measures would not mean Catalan self-government itself was being suspended and that they were intended to remove the people who had taken illegal action. The country's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, told Spanish radio Onda Cero (in Spanish) that Catalan leaders were "completely not in compliance with the constitution and the statute of autonomy". Once the Senate approves Article 155, Mr Puigdemont will stop receiving a salary and will not be able to carry out his functions, she added.


    Pro-independence posters and graffiti in Barcelona

    Catalonia's far-left CUP party - a key support for Mr Puigdemont's minority government in the regional parliament - has warned of a campaign of "massive civil disobedience" if Madrid imposes direct rule on the region. Spanish media report that the Catalan leader is planning to present his arguments to a commission of the Spanish Senate on Wednesday, but this has yet to be confirmed. There have been calls by Mr Puigdemont's supporters to declare a snap election before direct rule becomes effective. The EU has refused to back the drive for Catalan independence and said the crisis was for Spain to resolve.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41719081
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    Catalonia independence: Spain's unfathomably delicate task
    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 - The prime minister has meandered through previous crises but that won't work now, says Tom Burridge.
    Spain's prime minister rarely talks in such stark language. But his message to Catalonia's devolved government, which spearheads the pro-independence movement, was blunt. He said Madrid would remove its leaders and impose direct rule. Mariano Rajoy is conservative by party, and in his political style. He has meandered his way through other crises; a financial one for his country; a corruption scandal that tainted his party. His "keep calm and carry on" strategy worked each time. But Catalonia today is a completely different ball game. This Spanish region has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since the 1980s - only the Basque Country has more. It's also important to note that in cultural terms, Catalonia is arguably the most distinct of Spain's regions.

    The Catalan language is widely spoken and from the folkloric dance of Sardana to human towers, there is a long list of cultural traditions here, which enforce the sense of Catalan identity. And a large part of Catalan society will see Madrid's planned takeover as an affront to their whole way of life. The word among the pro-independence camp is that, in the coming weeks, peaceful direct action will be the order of the day. The Spanish government has outlined a clear strategy, couched within a legal framework. Advisers close to the prime minister emphasise that the decision to intervene was not taken lightly but they also argue that Mr Rajoy was left with no choice.



    Competitions to build tall and elaborate human towers are a common sight at Catalan regional festivals

    At stake, they say, is Spain's entire system of governance; no other Western government would allow a regional administration to ride roughshod over its constitution and laws. Catalonia's independence, or a legitimate vote on the matter, has never been and never will be an option, they exclaim. But over the next days Mariano Rajoy's government faces an unfathomably delicate task. It must now reassert Madrid's authority in Catalonia. The practicalities of that won't be straightforward. Some within Catalonia's civil service will be die-hard supporters of independence. Others will simply hate the concept of Madrid being ultimately in charge. Catalonia's regional police force, Mossos, insists it remains impartial. "We are policemen, not politicians," Inspector Albert Oliva told me. But he admits that his force is in the middle of a "political hurricane." Over the coming weeks the loyalties of Catalan police will be tested to the absolute limit. Before we reach that point, the Spanish senate will have to approve Madrid's proposals. That could take days.

    In the meantime, the soon-to-be-sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will try and convene the regional parliament, before it is stripped of powers. If that happens, he will probably make a more emphatic declaration of independence. The vast majority of Spaniards will, in turn, declare that meaningless. But every twist and turn from now will play into an already febrile political atmosphere. Every time I speak to a taxi driver or an old lady pushing her shopping trolley down the street, be it in Catalonia or in the neighbouring region of Aragon, people's views, on both sides, have hardened. To the naked eye of a tourist, Spain is a country at ease, a country of sun, sea, beautiful buildings and friendly people. Scratch below and there are deep political divisions. And in Catalonia the situation is becoming fractured beyond belief.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41714662

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