THOUSANDS MARCH FOR UNITY IN BARCELONA
On Sunday, around 350,000 people marched for unity in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. The march was held to showcase opposition of Catalonia’s vote to declare independence from Spain.
As marchers waved Spanish and Catalan flags, protesters also held signs with “Proud to be Catalan and Spanish” and “Long live the unity of Spain” painted across.
This march comes after Catalonia’s most recent attempt to separate from Spain. Catalonia is home to about 7.5 million people and lives by its own culture and language. Of 5.3 eligible million voters, 2.3 million people voted. According to Catalan officials, approximately 90 percent of voters voted for secession.
During the voting process, about 900 residents were injured after officers fired rubber bullets and charged crowds to prevent them from voting.
A day before the march in Barcelona, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that he would not rule out removing Catalonia’s government and calling another local election if it claimed independence.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the regional parliament on Tuesday where he is able to unilaterally declare independence from Spain.
CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY RAVAGED BY FLAMES
On Monday, about 20,000 people were evacuated from northern California counties after a series of fires broke out Sunday night across California’s wine country. It is unknown how the fires started.
Governor Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba counties as firefighters continue to battle the flames.
As of Monday afternoon, 1,500 structures have been destroyed and at least 10 people have died.
“These fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten thousands of homes, necessitating the evacuation of thousands of residents,” Brown’s declaration said.
In an interview with the LA Times, California Fire director Ken Pimlott described how high winds have contributed to the rapid spread of flames.
“Late last night starting around 10 o’clock you had 50-60 mph winds that surfaced—really across the whole northern half of the state,” Pimlott said. “Every spark is going to ignite.”
According to the California fire department’s website, it is estimated that tens of thousands of acres have been destroyed in at least 14 fires.,The most destructive set of fires in California history.
LAS VEGAS FIRM BUYS RENO DAYS INN
On October 2, a subsidiary of the Siegel Group Nevada purchased the Reno Days Inn for approximately $5.14 million.
In an interview with the Reno-Gazette Journal, president of The Siegel Group, Stephen Siegel explained the reasoning for purchasing the property.
“We like the proximity to downtown, the proximity to the university and the proximity to the freeway,” Siegel said. “We like to purchase properties where people can see them and this building has great visibility and access.”
The Siegel Group says that it will bring affordable housing to the downtown area and make improvements to the property. Features such as high-speed Wi-Fi and new furniture will be added to bring traction to the property.
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