One of the numerous protests last week - this one on Tuesday in Barcelona. | Susana Vera
Catalonia and Balearic independence
There was little mistaking what the main news story was last week. Events in Catalonia drew mainly condemnation in Majorca for the actions of police and the Spanish government. This condemnation wasn't of course universal. It did rather depend on political point of view. The Partido Popular, including therefore the national government's delegate, Maria Salom, took the view that police had acted in accordance with judicial order. President Armengol, not in favour of the independence drive, offered her condemnation at the same time as preaching the need for dialogue, so there was no surprise there.