Players Who Could Leave Spain For Catalonia

Saul Bowman
October 6, 2017

If Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont follows through on his threat to declare independence next week, Spain could respond by suspending Catalonia's existing autonomous status and imposing direct rule from Madrid.

The country's constitutional court said such a declaration would be "a breach of the constitution".

The opposition Socialist bloc in the regional parliament, where separatist parties have a narrow majority of seats, had called for Monday's session to be blocked.

The Catalan government says that 2.3 million people voted on October 1 and 90 percent backed independence.

There was violence at polling stations as police, trying to enforce a Spanish court decision to ban the vote, attempted to seize ballot boxes and disperse voters. Mr Puigdemont said the results of the vote validated the push to secede.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office retorted in a statement: "The government will not negotiate over anything illegal and will not accept blackmail".

Catalan authorities and the Spanish central government are at odds over the legitimacy of the vote.


In an interview with Spanish news agency EFE, Rajoy said the solution to the Catalan crisis was a prompt return to legality and "a statement as soon as possible that there will not be a unilateral declaration of independence because that will also avoid greater evils", Rajoy said.

The images of Spanish riot police firing rubber bullets and swinging truncheons at would-be voters in Catalonia on Sunday handed the region's leaders the ideal story line: of a repressive central government squashing an attempted exercise in democracy. The Catalans have suggested the European Union to intervene.

"Georgia hopes that the situation in the Kingdom of Spain will be peacefully regulated in full compliance with the principles of the country's legislation, constitution and law", the Foreign Ministry said. According to CNN, the public opinion regarding the independence of Catalonia from Spain still remains split.

In the night of Wednesday, king Philip made a televised address to the nation in which he called the Catalan independence referendum, held last Sunday, illegal and undemocratic.

The court stated that such a move would be "a breach of the constitution", BBC reported Thursday. Thousands of pro-independence Catalonians also went on strike in Barcelona, the region's capital, to protest police violence earlier this week.

According to the Barcelona Town Hall, Tuesday saw at least 300,000 people take part in demonstrations against the Sunday's events throughout the region, while there were also demonstrations outside Civil Guard barracks and at the hotels where they and National Police were known to be staying.

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