Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired Carles Puigdemont as Catalonia’s leader for declaring an independent republic following an ‘illegal’ referendum.
Most Catalans made it clear, peacefully, that the status quo is not an option any more.
Rajoy’s comments follow a December 21 regional election that he hoped would quash the Catalan independence movement and so help resolve Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.
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“I want to come back to Catalonia as soon as possible. I would like to come back right now. It would be good news for Spain.”
The separatist parties won a slim majority in parliament, a result that is expected to set the stage for return to power of the deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.
The December 21 election was called by the Spanish Prime Minister in October, intending to return Catalonia to “normality”
under a unionist government.
The ruling will leave the leaders of Catalonia’s biggest secessionist groups behind bars during campaigning for the December 21 election.
Wearing yellow ribbons on their lapels to signify support, they filled the length of the Avenue Marina that runs from the beach to Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia church, while the jailed leaders’ families made speeches.
Spain’s high court issued a summons for Puigdemont and 13 members of his sacked administration to testify in Madrid as the court starts processing charges of rebellion, sedition and breach of trust against them.
As Madrid began direct rule of Catalonia, attorney-general Jose Manuel Maza called for charges of rebellion, sedition, fraud and misuse of funds to be brought against Catalan leaders who organised the independence referendum.
The Spanish constitution is being read through a particular political prism, reflecting the hostility of the Spanish right towards the nationalities.
Divorces between nations can be painful but if democratically handled, can lead to peaceful co-existence.
This unprecedented step risks sparking unrest as secessionists call on the Catalan parliament to make a defiant declaration of independence.
Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday said he would not hold a new regional election to break the deadlock between Madrid and separatists wanting to split from Spain.
The Catalan parliament meets on Thursday to agree on a response to Madrid, and many analysts believe the economically powerful region could formally declare independence.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter the region’s move towards independence.
The main opposition said on Friday they would back special measures to impose central rule on the region to thwart the secessionist-minded Catalan government.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to invoke Article 155 of the 1978 constitution, which allows taking control of a region if it breaks the law.
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Puigdemont made a symbolic declaration of independence last Tuesday, only to suspend it seconds later and call for negotiations with Madrid on the region’s future.
Spain’s Rajoy would probably call a snap regional election after activating Article 155 of the constitution that would allow him to sack the Catalan regional government.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont made only a symbolic declaration, claiming a mandate to launch secession but suspending any formal steps to that end.
The EU has shown no interest in an independent Catalonia, despite an appeal by Puigdemont for Brussels to mediate in the crisis.
In Madrid, some socialists have suggested Basque could serve as a model for a compromise that would defuse Spain’s biggest political crisis since a failed coup in 1981.
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The Catalan government says more than 90% of people who voted in an October 1 referendum voted in favour of independence from Spain.
Spanish PM Rajoy has remained vague on whether he would use article 155, the nuclear option of the constitution which enables him to sack the regional government.
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has offered all-party talks to find a solution, opening the door to a deal giving Catalonia more autonomy, but only if the Catalan government gives up any independence ambitions.
Secessionist Catalan politicians have pledged to unilaterally declare independence at Monday’s session after Sunday’s referendum, banned by Madrid.
Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker said a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the October 1.
Police preventing people from voting and firing rubber bullets at protesters, and injuring up to 900, has done deep damage to Spain’s international credibility.
Local courts received several complaints on Sunday against the Catalan police accusing them of inactivity and failing to close polling stations.
The referendum, declared illegal by Spain’s central government, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades.
The dispute has plunged Spain into one of its biggest political crises since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s after decades of military dictatorship.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said he had contingency plans in place to ensure the vote would go ahead, pushing the country closer to political crisis.
Police efforts to stop the referendum have intensified in recent days as the wealthy northeastern region shows no signs of halting it.
Catalonia’s top court on Friday issued a warning to seven newspapers not to publish campaign notices for the referendum, a court spokesperson said.
Police also intervened to stop a meeting organised by a pro-independence Catalan party, the first public police crackdown on the process.