Spain Ultimatum Looms Over Catalonia Independence Drive

Protesters wave a Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flag as they gather at the Placa de la Universitat square in Barcelona during a general strike. AFP

Spain has warned Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont it will suspend the region’s autonomy if he failed to drop a secession bid by 10:00 (08:00 GMT).

Puigdemont had signed an independence declaration after a referendum on 1 October, but then suspended it, requesting for dialogue.

And according to reports, he could press ahead on independence if Spain moves to take direct control.

Article 155 of Spain’s 1978 constitution, which cemented democratic rule after the death of dictator General Franco three years earlier, allows Madrid to impose direct rule in a crisis but it has never been invoked.

In the lead-up to the deadline, there have been mass protests over the detention of two leaders of the separatist movement.

Political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona have been engaged in a tense stand-off since the disputed referendum, which Catalan leaders say resulted in a “Yes” vote for independence but which the central government regards as illegal.

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Source: ConciseNew.Global

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