MADRID (AP) — A court in Catalonia has confirmed that an upcoming vote to choose the northeastern Spanish region’s new parliament and replace the government will take place in two weeks as scheduled. Catalonia’s High Court on Friday overturned an order with which the regional government, citing a high prevalence of coronavirus contagion, had wanted to push the election to the end of May. Campaigning officially began Friday with parties holding odd events surrounded by very few supporters live-streamed on social media. Eight politicians and activists imprisoned after a failed 2017 push for Catalan independence will be allowed to take part in campaigning but will need to return to prison each day.
Month: February 2021
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. A ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday. Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment. Backers of the ballot measure, which Oregon voters passed by a wide margin in November, hailed it as a revolutionary move for the United States. Ballot Measure 110’s backers said treatment needs to be the priority and that criminalizing drug possession was not working. Oregon is a pioneer in liberalizing drug laws. It was the first state, in 1973, to decriminalize marijuana possession.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has rejected international criticism of its crackdown on protests by students opposing the appointment of a government loyalist to head Istanbul’s top university. The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned countries to stay out of its domestic issues. Students and faculty members of Bogazici University have been protesting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment as rector of an academic who once ran for parliament as a candidate for the ruling party, and have been calling for his resignation. Some of the protests have erupted into clashes between police and demonstrators and hundreds of people have been detained.