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Spanish Catalonia move likened to Franco

22 October 2017, 01:23 | Floyd Cook

Spain orders elections in Catalonia in step towards autonomy suspension

Spain moves to suspend Catalan autonomy

Some 450,000 people took to the streets of Barcelona on Saturday, local police said, after Spain moved to dismiss Catalonia's regional government to thwart its leaders' independence bid.

To block the Catalan independence push, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants the Senate to give him direct power to dissolve the regional Catalan government and call an early election. They can destroy everything they want but we'll keep on fighting.' (Picture: AFP/ Lluis Genelluis Gene/ Getty Images) Madrid could take direct control over Catalonia's police force and replace its public media chiefs, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy saying he had no other choice, faced with a grave threat to Spain's national unity.

He accused the Spanish government, which still has to get approval from the Senate to implement the measures, of waging "the worst attack on institutions and Catalan people since the decrees of military dictator Francisco Franco abolishing the Catalan government".

Activist organizations ANC and Omnium have called on their supporters to rally at 1500 GMT in Barcelona, the region's principal city, in protest at the jailing of their leaders over sedition accusations.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Cabinet was meeting to outline the scope and timing of the measures the government plans to take under Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.

Rajoy is due to hold a press conference early Saturday afternoon to announce his plans, which must pass through the Senate where his conservative Popular Party holds a majority - a process that would take about a week. "A serious attack on the rights and freedoms of everyone".


Under Article 155 of Spain's constitution, Madrid has the power to wrest back control of rebellious regions, but it has never used it before.

On October 1, over 90 percent of more than 2 million Catalans who participated in the region's referendum on independence expressed in favor of the region's secession from Spain.

'This was neither our desire nor our intention, ' Rajoy said.

Following the vote, large crowds in Barcelona last weekend called for peaceful negotiations to determine the next step, but Rajoy has rejected dialogue on the grounds that the Spanish government sees Catalonia's referendum as illegal.

Spain's National Security Department said late on Friday that an undisclosed number of government websites had been hit in recent weeks with slogans supporting independence for the country's Catalonia region.

Mr Rajoy said he had been forced to take these measures, because "no government of any democratic country can accept that the law be violated, ignored and changed".



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