Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Spanish government meets to impose direct rule in rebel Catalonia

Spanish government meets to impose direct rule in rebel Catalonia

In a televised announcement, Carles Puigdemont said Madrid was failing to respect the rule of law after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he would move to dismiss Catalonia's separatist executive, take control of regional ministries and call elections.

However, the Catalan leader called on the regional parliament to suspend the proclamation in order to make way for dialogue with Madrid. These are: to return to legality; to restore normality and coexistence in Catalonia: to continue the region's economic recovery; and to hold elections in conditions of normality.

Pro-independence protesters are expected to demonstrate in the center of Barcelona, Catalonia's regional capital, later Saturday.

Although the ruling Popular Party has enough majority to get the specific measures passed by the country's Senate, Rajoy has rallied the support of the opposition to give his government's actions more weight.

Catalan government number two Oriol Junqueras reacted furiously, posting on his Twitter account: "Today the PP and its allies have not only suspended autonomy, they have suspended democracy".

Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, who opposes independence without a valid referendum, called Rajoy's measures "a serious attack" on self-government in Catalonia.

The Nationalist movement was, predictably, in uproar at their imminent loss of regional power and a major demonstration is planned this evening in Barcelona "in defence of rights and freedoms".

Autonomy is a hugely sensitive issue in Catalonia, which saw its powers taken away under Spain's military dictatorship.

During the meeting, which started around 10:00 am (0800 GMT), Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his ministers will decide on what powers to take away from the wealthy region, which now enjoys wide autonomy including control over its own policing, education and healthcare.

The unprecedented measures would be taken under Article 155 of the Spanish constitution and must be sent to the Spanish Senate for approval.

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"This was neither our desire nor our intention", Rajoy said.

"The government had to enforce Article 155".

Allowing 54 days for campaigning, new elections would fall in mid-June at the latest.

The charge of rebellion could see Puigdemont face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty, according to El Pais.

As such, Madrid's move could anger even those against independence. But Madrid's decision was on the minds of many as the crowds grew.

"They can destroy the government, they can destroy everything they want but we'll keep on fighting". "No one can question Barcelona's commitment to Catalan society and its democratic institutions".

Rajoy's government is activating a previously untapped constitutional article to take control of Catalonia.

Regional authorities said about 90 percent of those who cast ballots voted for independence. Well over 1,000 businesses have moved their legal headquarters out of Catalonia in the last month.

Two weeks of political limbo have already taken a toll on one of Spain's most important regional economies, with almost 1,200 companies shifting their legal headquarters elsewhere in a bid to minimise the instability.

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