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Catalan scientists ponder fate after independence vote

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Science  06 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6359, pp. 23
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6359.23

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  • RE: Catalan referendum: Rectification asked

    In the information from your correspondent Tania Rabesandratana about Catalan scientists and independence vote (Science News, Oct. 6, 2017, p.21) there is a comment about Spanish police "injuring almost 900" that is utterly untenable. Actually only two people were admitted to hospitals wards, one hurt by a rubber ball, and the other victim of a myocardial infarction (not directly provoked by police intervention). Both of them left the hospital after a few days. Conversely, a policeman suffering a heart attack during the confrontations passed away as a result. A few days before, a police platoon acting in a judiciary interdiction was corralled and sequestered for 16 hours, while their vehicles were vandalized by the separatist mobs. In spite of the shocking footage during the referendum, in most cases police was provoked, ambushed, attacked, etc. The 900 injured figure was one more piece of the unending propaganda eagerly emitted by the independentist media, tightly controlled by the Autonomous Government. The most important European newspapers echoing that initial information have already rectified; I hope Science will do the same.

    Pedro C. Marijuán
    Biomedical Researcher
    Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud
    Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Aragón
    Zaragoza 50009 Spain

    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • RE: Laws vs. Instructions for authors

    Tania Rabesandratana, in her political article on Catalan scientists after the independence vote (1), seems to ignore the mission and scope of Science, i.e 'Science seeks to publish those papers that are most influential in their fields or across fields and that will significantly advance scientific understanding'. In my opinion, she should have published her article in a newspaper instead of presenting her biased view of what is happening in Catalonia in a scientific journal. So, allow me to do the same.
    Rabesandratana did not mention, for instance, that the referendum was illegal and was convened disobeying the Spanish Constitution and laws. Therefore, judges ordered the police to impede the banned vote. The Catalan autonomic police ('mossos d'esquadra') chief has been accused of not accomplishing the order, so that the Spanish national police had to face the tough situation of impeding the vote of thousands of people.
    Science readers should know that the result of Catalan vote, in which there were people who voted up to five times since there was no legal control of the voters, has not been recognized by any other but the independence-promoting Catalan government.
    Laws, rules to estipulate social harmony, cannot be contravened, can they? I mean, would Science publish an article that ignores the journal’s instructions for authors? Or, would Science publish an article only because some of its authors, a minority, 'democr...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • RE: correction of previos letter

    Please, I've advertised some illiteracy in my letter.
    Sides intead of sites, parlament for parliament, and so. Also o for of, byssed for bypassed, initium for begining,...
    Sorry, and thanks for the corrections.

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  • RE: Catalan recent referendum a big lie

    Beware of big lies.
    Catalan referendum has been a big lie, half the population decided previously not to asist such a sperpentum as it was illegal.
    Opposition in the parlament was not even allowed to speak, and decided to abandon the parlament. It is reported (impossible to demostrate) that 2,3 million votes have been read, and nothing is said of the other 4 million that have said nothing in front o this so important situation.
    Besides, no control at all of voters, neither previously nor after, many having voted even 4 times at different sides.
    It's sad to read serious people with such a bad (and byssed, or paid) and false information.
    Besides, most of the police agressions reported were also false, pictures offered were from other moments, some several years ago, or a policeman helping an old lady that had unintentionally fallen downstairs, taken as an agression, and so on.
    Poll boxes full of votes AT the inition of the votation, ...
    Please, be serious.

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