Catalonia cannot accept control from Madrid: Regional President

Catalonia cannot accept control from Madrid: Regional President
Sun Oct 22, 2017 09:16:40

Catalonians cannot accept the central government’s “illegal” move of imposing direct rule on Barcelona, says regional President Carles Puigdemont.

PressTV--  "I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens' sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy and act in consequence," said Puigdemont (seen below) in a televised speech on Saturday.

Puigdemont made the remarks after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the sacking of Catalonia's separatist government and holding of fresh elections in the region.

“The Spanish Government, with the support of the Socialist Party and Citizens party, has undertaken the worst attack on the institutions and people of Catalonia since the decrees of the military dictator Francisco Franco abolishing the Generalitat of Catalonia,” said Puigdemont.

"The Catalan institutions and the people of Catalonia cannot accept this attack. The humiliation sought by the Spanish government as a guardian of all Catalan public life, from the Government to the public media, is incompatible with a democratic attitude and is situated outside the rule of law," he noted.

He added that he had called on the parliament to meet in a plenary session to discuss Madrid’s move.

“Catalonia is an ancient European nation, ... is core to the European values. We do what we do because we believe in a democratic and peaceful Europe. The Europe of the Charter of Fundamental Rights should protect each and every one of us. You should know what you are fighting for in your home, we are fighting for Catalonia. And we will continue to do so," he stressed.

Meanwhile, the parliament in Catalonia has harshly criticized the Spanish government's move, saying it would do its utmost to defend the sovereignty of the independence-seeking territory.  

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