Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

Protesters supporting Catalan independence take to the streets in Barcelona

Spanish King Felipe VI claimed that the country was confronted with an "unacceptable" attempt of secession as Catalonia constituted an integral part of Spain.

The Madrid government is expected to implement measures under Article 155 of Spain's constitution.

It later emerged the government will be able to substitute members of the local Mossos d'Esquadra police force - strongly criticised outside Catalonia for their alleged lack of cooperation in stopping the banned October 1st referendum - with officers from the Guardia Civil or National Police.

Marta Rovira, the general secretary of the Junqueras' separatist ERC party, said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's actions are a "coup d'etat" created to crush Catalonia's self-rule and aspirations of breaking away from Spain.

In a press conference, Spanish Prime Minister confirmed it was initiating Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution which means it can take control of Catalonia, illustrating its determination to derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region. The central government says the results have no legitimacy.

In a televised address late Saturday, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called Rajoy's plans to replace him and his cabinet an "attempt to humiliate" Catalonia and an "attack on democracy".

Even moderate Catalans were aghast at the scope of the move, greeting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's announcement with banging pots and honking cars in the streets of Barcelona, the regional capital.

Basque nationalists and the far-left Podemos party were among those in Madrid opposing the government's move.

Independence supporters in Barcelona have been gathering for a rally urging the release of two influential separatist activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, who are being held on sedition charges.




The Spanish government will announcing special measures on Saturday to impose direct rule on the wealthy region of Catalonia over its bid to breakaway.

Earlier in the day, the Spanish authorities made a decision to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which envisages suspension of some Catalonia's autonomy under specific conditions.

Elections for the semi-autonomous region must be called within six months, he added, with Spain's national ministries to take over the jobs of Puigdemont and his team in the meantime.

The Spanish government after an emergency meeting on Saturday will forward to the President of the Senate PIO Garcia Escudero specific proposals.

Article 155 allows for the suspension of a region's autonomy if it does not fulfil its obligations to the state.

Rajoy could force the removal of Catalan officials and call early regional elections for as soon as January.

The decision to press for the abolition of the Catalan leadership, impose direct rule and push for elections within six months followed a special cabinet meeting on Saturday morning, nearly three weeks after the controversial independence referendum took place.

Opposition parties have agreed to support the prime minister in revoking Catalonia's autonomy as a way to thwart the independence drive.

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