Madrid will press ahead with suspending autonomy on Saturday after Catalan leader refuses to abandon independence push
The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has led to Spain’s biggest political crisis for 40 years.
The announcement of the unprecedented measure came after the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, threatened a unilateral declaration of independence if the Spanish government did not agree to talks on the issue.
Mariano Rajoy accuses Catalan president of deliberately sowing confusion as he considers suspending region’s autonomy
The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has asked the Catalan government to clarify whether or not it has declared independence, as he considers the unprecedented step of suspending the region’s autonomy and imposing direct rule from Madrid.
On Tuesday evening, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont said while the referendum this month had given his government a mandate to create a sovereign [...]
Thousands march under the slogan ‘shall we talk’ as signs emerge that both sides may be trying to diffuse Catalan crisis
Thousands are gathering at rallies in both Barcelona and Madrid amid growing calls for talks following the political crisis sparked by Catalonia’s push for independence.
People dressed in white gathered in both cities on Saturday under the slogan “shall we talk?” in a message to Spain’s political leaders.Continue reading...
Violence breaks out in Barcelona as riot police attack protests, while Catalans cast independence votes in peaceful defiance of Spanish government
Stephen Burgen has spoken to Martí Pont, 19, who was among the occupants of the Escola Ramon Llull school when the Policia Nacional arrived in force. Video footage shows Spanish police dragging voters out by their hair and throwing people down stairs at the school.
“I was there last night and there were a couple of dozen people but when I went back at 5.30 this [...]