Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Nationalist Catalan leader to take his arguments to Madrid

Nationalist Catalan leader to take his arguments to Madrid

Regional secretary for External and Institutional Relations Raul Romeva told the BBC the central government was acting against the will of Catalans.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party holds a majority in the upper house.

Civil disobedience was also backed by far-left party CUP, a key support for Catalonia's pro-independence minority government in the regional parliament, which called Madrid's actions an aggression against all Catalans.

Catalan authorities said about 90 percent of those who took part in the referendum on October 1 voted for independence.

The Senate is set to suspend the territory's limited self-rule in a meeting expected Friday.

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Catalan separatists have threatened "mass civil disobedience" if Madrid carries out threats to depose their leaders, including Puidgemont, as tensions rise over a bid to sever the region from Spain.

On Saturday, Mr Rajoy said he was triggering Article 155 of the constitution - an unprecedented move - which allows for direct rule to be imposed in a crisis on any of the country's autonomous regions. The Catalan government, led by President Puigdemont, has refused to halt an independence drive following an outlawed referendum held earlier this month.

"How can the European Union live with that situation if it appears?"

"I have no doubt that all civil servants in Catalonia will keep following the instructions provided by the elected and legitimate institutions that we have right now in place", Romeva added. Spanish police cracked down on the vote.

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The spiraling confrontation between Spain's most affluent region and the central government has rattled European neighbors, spooked corporate leaders and opened up deep political divisions within Catalonia and in the rest of Spain.

An opinion poll published by the El Periodico newspaper on Sunday showed a snap election would probably have results similar to the last ballot, in 2015, when a coalition of pro-independence parties formed a minority government.

Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Catalan President Carles Puigdemont will be out of a job as soon as this weekend.

Xavier Arbos Marin, a constitutional law professor at the University of Barcelona, raised the prospect of the government trying to "take them out by force". "They may be living in some other reality, but the political and legal reality is that they will be removed".

But Saenz de Santamaria said article 155 could still be avoided if Puigdemont "went to the senate to make the declarations which he believes to be opportune".

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Puigdemont is facing some internal pressure, though, to try to stave off the takeover by issuing a call for new parliamentary elections before an administrative takeover occurs - a course he and his aides have ruled out.

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