Spain sacks Catalan government after self-reliance declaration
By Reuters News|Updated: October 27, 2017
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament on Friday, hours after the area declared itself an independent nation, in Spain’s gravest political crisis considering that the return of democracy four years ago.
A brand-new election will be kept in Catalonia on Dec. 21, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a telecasted address on a day of high drama.
Along with removing Carles Puigdemont as head of the autonomous region, he also fired the police chief and said main government ministries would take over the Catalan administration.
” Spain is living through an unfortunate day,” Rajoy stated. “We think it is urgent to pay attention to Catalan residents, to all of them, so that they can choose their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf.”
As he spoke countless independence supporters loaded the Sant Jaume Square in front of the Catalan local headquarters in Barcelona, their earlier celebratory mood moistened by Rajoy’s actions.
In a spectacular program of defiance to Madrid, the Catalan parliament had actually voted in the afternoon to make a unilateral declaration.
Regardless of the emotions and events inside and outside the building, it was an useless gesture as quickly afterwards the Spanish Senate authorized the imposition of direct rule on the self-governing area. A number of European countries, consisting of France and Germany, and the United States likewise declined the independence declaration and said they supported Rajoy’s efforts to maintain Spain’s unity.
The crisis has actually reached a new and possibly dangerous level as self-reliance fans have actually called for a project of disobedience. Instantly after news of the Catalan vote, which 3 opposition parties boycotted, Spanish shares and bonds were sold off, reflecting business concern over the turmoil.
The crisis unfolded after Catalonia held a self-reliance referendum on Oct. 1 which was declared illegal by Madrid. It endorsed self-reliance, it drew only a 43 percent turnout as Catalans who oppose self-reliance mainly boycotted it.
The independence push has actually caused deep resentment around Spain. The chaos has also prompted a flight of business from Catalonia and alarmed European leaders who fear the crisis might fan separatist belief around the continent.
Catalonia is one of Spain’s most flourishing regions and currently has a high degree of autonomy. It has a litany of historic grievances, exacerbated throughout the 1939-1975 Franco dictatorship, when its culture and politics were reduced.
In Barcelona, Jordi Cases, 52, a farmer from Lleida province who had actually owned down with his family for the demonstration, stated he was thrilled however fretted about what followed.
“Now the repression is going to be horrible but we need to take exactly what we can. We need to resist and ask for assistance where required,” he said.