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Montevideo, November 23rd 2017 - 07:40 UTC

Spain:“Article 155 will mark the beginning of the end of disobedience of the law”

Friday, October 27th 2017 - 15:28 UTC
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Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that Article 155 was not “as some people have said, the start of new political centralization” Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said that Article 155 was not “as some people have said, the start of new political centralization”

The Spanish Senate is poised to activate Article 155 of the country’s constitution on Friday, giving Madrid the power to take over Catalonia’s institutions and police and remove its regional leader from office.

 Battling a sore throat in a parliamentary session on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría said that Article 155 was not “as some people have said, the start of new political centralization, but rather the beginning of the end of disobedience of the law and the general interest and the use of the autonomous government against its own region.”

The fear, however, is that implementing the measures could spark confrontation on the streets of Catalonia with some independence supporters determined to stand firm.

The Deputy PM had explained the poor state of her voice because of ‘an endless summer and an autumn that hasn’t yet started’. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría ultimately had to leave the upper house because of the physical discomfort she was in.

The political crisis, the gravest since Spain’s return to democracy four decades ago, has divided Catalonia itself and caused deep resentment in other parts of the country.

It has also prompted a flight of business from the wealthy region and worried other European leaders who see it as fanning separatist sentiment elsewhere on the continent.

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  • bushpilot

    OK. Let's try and do this within the bounds of the law. By the book.

    What is the proper, lawful, process this people needs to follow to not be a part of the Spanish people anymore?

    Oct 28th, 2017 - 12:45 am 0
  • EscoSesDoidao

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

    Oct 28th, 2017 - 11:16 am 0
  • Capt Rockhopper

    The fascist Spanish have made it illegal for people to have a choice other than what Madrid tells them they can have. This is an early warning for the rest of Europe if they think that the EU will allow them also to invoke Article 50. No doubt three are already eager beavers re writing the clauses within the EU Treaty.

    Oct 29th, 2017 - 11:27 am 0
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