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Catalonia expected to declare independence in matter of days; King says situation is extremely serious and calls for unity

Wednesday, October 4th 2017 - 07:02 UTC
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Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC. In his first interview since Sunday's referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next”. Read full article


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  • Pete Bog

    “The Catalan leaders who organized the referendum showed their “disrespect to the powers of the state”.

    When the state sends in Fascist thugs, it deserves disrespect.

    ”warning that the poll could put at risk the economy of the wealthy north-eastern region and the whole of Spain“

    Half of that is right, Catalonia might take a hit but their economy will be even better without Spain's incompetent interference. He is right that the rest of Spain will nosedive without sponging off Catalonia.

    ”When asked what he would do if the Spanish government were to intervene and take control of Catalonia's government,“

    Like Spain's former empire, how did that work out Lovejoy?

    That would convert even more Catalonians to wanting independence.

    Spain thinks you can put out a fire by fanning the flames with oxygen and spraying petrol onto it.

    A sure precursor to a revolution, and another nail in the EU autocrats coffin.

    ”The strike was called in protest at ”the grave violation of rights and freedoms“ seen during the ballot. Some police officers were seen firing rubber bullets, storming into polling stations and pulling women by their hair.“

    And breaking women's fingers. But this is typical of latinos. They are invincible against defenceless civilians, but if they had to fight the Brits they'd get their asses kicked properly.

    ”Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said on national television that the vote made a ”mockery“ of democracy.“

    But fascist thugs attacking unarmed people doesn't? Like the Botox Queen. Lovejoy is in denial.

    ”Rivera said Spain should invoke article 155 of the constitution, in effect suspending Catalonia's autonomous power.”

    That's effectively asking for a civil war, keep poking the wasp's nest and you'll get stung by more and more wasps'

    Oct 04th, 2017 - 10:03 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    What happened to not wanting a traumatic break? There's no way declaring independence can go well for Catalonia, and with such a low turnout he doesn't have a mandate for it either.

    I don't know what the hell Rajoy is playing at though, having the police beat people up in the street. If they'd just declared the vote illegal but let it go ahead there would almost certainly have been a majority against independence. And now refusing to talk to the Catalan government - that's crazy.

    Oct 04th, 2017 - 12:27 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Voice

    What's next Freedom Fighters...Civil War...?
    Spain needs Catalonia's economy they will not let go easily...

    Oct 04th, 2017 - 12:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • EscoSesDoidao

    People are going to die here it's coming. ''Spain needs Catalonias economy, they will not let go easily...'' Correct. (I know somewhere else like that)

    Oct 04th, 2017 - 03:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Madrid has just sent troops from the Spanish army to Catalunya. It's 1939 all over again.

    Madrid is publicly saying they “might send” the army to Catalunya but in fact the Spanish army is already there and working with uniformed Guardia Civil and secret police. At least one convoy of army troops has been deployed from units in Zaragoza, to Catalunya. Madrid is frankly lying about this support being only “logistical” but that would be rather typical of Madrid. This is not the time to be in Catalunya if you're driving an official-looking vehicle with Madrid plates. We're hearing about fights breaking out between the local police and members of the Guardia Civil. Let's see... that would be like the summer of 1936.

    National forces have been staying in Guardia Civil quarters as well as hotels but I'm getting news that that hotels that had been providing lodging have thrown them out (developments more recent than what this news note indicated). And when a catalan throws out a paying customer, you'd better believe things are serious. To make matters worse, the GC who have been thrown out of hotels have come out with clubs swinging against the locals, and there are several people injured and in hospital as a result. The national troops are being called “armies of occupation.” Just as in 1939.

    I'm predicting the equivalent of martial law within a few days if things continue like this. It's like 1939 all over again.

    Oct 04th, 2017 - 08:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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