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Madrid issues ultimatum to Catalonia, Spain celebrates national holiday

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Spain is celebrating on Thursday, October 12, its Fiesta Nacional de España, but Madrid has issued to separatist Catalonia an ultimatum to clarify if its regional government has really declared Catalan independence, which could result in the Spanish government imposing direct rule over the autonomous region.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stated on Wednesday, October 11, in the Spanish parliament he has given Catalonia’s separatist leader Carles Puigdemont five days to clarify whether or not independence has been declared and another three days to withdraw the declaration.

If the independence declaration is not withdrawn, Madrid would employ Article 155 of the Spanish constitution allowing it to suspend the region’s autonomy and impose direct rule.

Reportedly, the President of the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has signed a declaration of establishing an independent republic of Catalonia, but has suspended the declaration from coming into effect to negotiate.

«We call on international states and organisations to recognise the Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state,» Puigdemont stated at the Catalan regional parliament on Tuesday, October 10.

He also added: «I propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks in the coming weeks without which it is not possible to reach an agreed solution».

Puigdemont stated on Sunday, October 1, when the Catalonian independence referendum took place: «With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form a republic. My government, in the next few days will send the results of today’s vote to the Catalan parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum»

Catalan officials later announced 90% of those who voted backed independence in Sunday’s vote and that the turnout was 42.3%, even though hundreds of voters were injured as police used force to try to block voting.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has remained defiant and stated: «At this hour I can tell you in the strongest terms what you already know and what we have seen throughout this day. There has not been a referendum on self-determination in Catalonia»

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    “Catalan mayor feels Spain coming ‘closer and closer’ to dictatorship”

    Spain’s King Felipe-
    “It is the purpose of the legitimate powers of the state to make sure that constitutional order is abides by,”

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned Catalan separatists not to “force us to go where we don’t want to go.”

    Francisco Caja: “Frankly, the situation is quite grave, an emergency situation that calls for extraordinary measures: the provisions in the constitution to redirect what can be considered a coup d’etat and restore the rule of law in Catalonia that has been violated by the autonomous government of Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont”

    -The people of Catalonia have spoken democratically, It is truly tyranny to oppose their vote and threaten further violence.

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