Spain sets stage to take control of Catalonia..EU leaders rule out involvement l

The standoff over Catalonia intensified significantly on Thursday as the Spanish government said it would take emergency measures to halt a secessionist drive in the economically vital and politically restive northeastern region.

The announcement came almost immediately after the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, facing a second deadline to clarify Catalonia’s intentions since it held an Oct. 1 referendum on independence, warned that regional lawmakers were prepared to break from Spain.

The government in Madrid, in turn, announced that it would convene an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday “to defend the general interest of Spaniards, among them the citizens of Catalonia.”

The rapid succession of events moved what was already one of the gravest crises in Spain’s relatively young democracy to a far more serious and unpredictable stage, with the prospect that Madrid could take over the running of Catalonia. At the most extreme, the Spanish government could arrest Mr. Puigdemont and charge him with sedition, as it has done with two other separatist leaders.

But such a step would risk provoking a popular backlash and new street demonstrations in a region where many are already bridling at what they see as a heavy hand by the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

“A bad situation has become even worse today,” said Argelia Queralt, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Barcelona. “Neither side seems really willing to yield an inch, which means there is only a very limited chance of any positive outcome to this conflict.”

The Catalan government has said that 90 percent of those who voted in the referendum supported independence. But Mr. Rajoy’s government and the courts had declared the vote illegal, and the police officers sent to block polling places wounded hundreds in clashes.

Only about 40 percent of the Catalan electorate took part, after Madrid advised those who opposed secession to stay away from polling stations.

European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation.

“There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action,” he said.

He was speaking at a joint news conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Catalans voted to secede in a 1 October referendum, which was outlawed by Spain and has prompted mass demonstrations.

Mr Tusk’s remarks came hours after Spain said it was beginning the process of imposing direct rule on the autonomous region.

“I am of course for many reasons in permanent contact with (Spain’s) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,” Mr Tusk said.

“There is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning, but our position… is clear.”


this is getting out of control..we joked nato would attack catalonia if they tried to go alone like crimea..minus the bombs its all heading that way!


~ by seeker401 on October 22, 2017.

2 Responses to “Spain sets stage to take control of Catalonia..EU leaders rule out involvement”

  1. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  2. just going to get under control/into legality again. (art. 155 is foreseen in the Spanish Constitution ’78) if the 40% of the catalans (=the numbers for the independentists on Ref. 1-Oct) want a secession from Spain there is a legal procedure possible to follow, and not “the dictatorship of the proletariate” those 40% pretend to impose to the rest of the catalonians and the whole spain.
    As I-ve already mentioned, those strong oscillations are engineered and meant to lead finally to the fragmentation of the Spanish national state…a Constitution reform ahead which will create a federation of small federative states where ones a strong national state existed.
    the next in the line globalists’ victory…

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