December 16 2017

Spain Rules Out Mediation With Catalonia

December 16 2017, 03:05 | Van Peters

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Catalonia referendum goes ahead despite Spanish government opposition, police

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of Monday's session of the regional Catalan parliament, throwing its plans to declare unilateral independence from Spain into doubt.

The court said it had agreed to consider a legal challenge filed by the anti-secessionist Catalan Socialist Party.

"Puigdemont has requested mediated talks with Madrid". The region of Catalonia is shown in red. Madrid denounced the referendum, ruled illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court, and called mass demonstrations in Catalonia an affront to the rule of law.

Mr. Rajoy has at his disposal a series of emergency powers to take full administrative control of Catalonia, including suspending the regional Parliament for as long as deemed necessary. "We haven't seen such a disproportionate and brutal use of force since the death of the dictator Franco".

The divide will fuel further uncertainty over the path to independence for Catalonia, which accounts for about 20 percent of Spain's economic output, raising questions about whether Puigdemont will ultimately back down from his demands.

In a televised address, Mr Pujdeme also accused the Spanish king to support the position of official Madrid, which opposes Catalan independence. Turnout, however, was well below 50 percent.

CATALAN Premier Carles Puigdemont has firmly rebuked King Felipe of Spain for "ignoring the millions of Catalans who don't think like him", following the royal's thundering criticisms of the region's pro-independence movement.

That could fan unrest in a region already shocked by a violent police crackdown against unarmed voters in Sunday's independence referendum.

Puigdemont has said the referendum proved the will of the people was to leave Spain and has vowed to continue with secession, despite Madrid's insistence it won't happen. The king's stance is widely seen as being nearly identical with the hardline position adopted by the Popular Party, the right-wing ruling party of Spain.

"I have to represent all of Catalonia's citizens,"the Catalan president said".

Catalan officials called on the European Union to step in but the European Union backed Madrid. It also pays taxes to Madrid, which has been a main source for contention between the two as Catalonia - a former principality of Spain - has complained their taxes are more than the central funding they receive from the Spanish government each year.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied in fury on Tuesday during a general strike over the police violence during the referendum.

But he said it was "time to talk, finding a way out of the impasse".

In a separate statement on Thursday, Barcelona Football Club called for "dialogue and respect".

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