Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Spain threatens direct action if Catalonia declares independence as crisis deepens

Spain threatens direct action if Catalonia declares independence as crisis deepens

As Foreign Policy writes, he "canceled the autonomy charters that the [Spanish] republic had granted to the Catalans and the Basques and banned all regional languages and symbols (including the Catalan language, its flag, and national holiday, the Diada)".

"Many people stayed home and didn't vote (Sunday) so the whole question of the mandate that he would have in speaking before that Parliament and declaring independence would be challenged".

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy regarding the issue according to the Chancellor's spokesperson on Monday.

In recent weeks, a stream of Catalonia-based firms and banks have moved their legal bases outside the regionas a crisis over a Catalonian push for independence from Spain deepened.

"Anybody that declares it could end up like the one who tried it 83 years ago", the PP's deputy secretary for communication, Pablo Casado, said on Monday, in a reference to Lluis Companys' failed bid for independence and subsequent spell in prison in 1934.

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Paris, Oct 9 Catalan independence would not enjoy worldwide recognition, France's minister for European affairs said today as the Spanish region's leader threatens to announce a split.

"We have said yes to so many mediation options that have been proposed", he said.

IG analyst Chris Beauchamp says a positive beginning of the week for the Spanish Ibex 35 index suggests investors are confident there will be a resolution to the crisis.

Following a controversial referendum on 1 October, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said he would unilaterally declare independence in a matter of days, but French European Affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau said that the EU would not recognise such a move.

As NPR's Lauren Frayer reports from Barcelona, Catalonia's capital, the people in the region are almost evenly divided over the issue of independence even though many who are in favor of staying with Spain may not have voted in the referendum.

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Mr Puigdemont appeared steadfast on Sunday, saying a "yes" vote necessitated an independence declaration.

Some protesters called for Puigdemont to go to jail for holding the independence vote.

Careful not to undermine Rajoy, the European Union has merely called for dialogue between the sides. "It is up to the government to make decisions, and to do so at the right moment", Rajoy said.

He said: "I condemn the violence of the Spanish government police against the people of Catalonia".

The Catalan government on Friday published final results from the referendum indicating that 90 percent of voters backed the proposal to break away from Spain.

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Spain's government insists the independence drive is illegal and the courts ruled that the referendum breached the constitution.

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