Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:03:52 PM. Spain's government has set in motion plans to take away Catalonia's local powers after its defiant regional president refused to give up his demands for Catalan independence.
Spain's government on Thursday set in motion plans to take away Catalonia's local powers after its defiant regional president refused to give up his demands for Catalan independence. Carles Puigdemont sent a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy just minutes before a deadline set by the central government for him to backtrack on his calls for secession. Puigdemont didn't give in, but instead threatened to go ahead. Catalonia to press ahead with independence if Spain imposes direct rule CBC IN BARCELONA | In Catalonia, 2 intractable sides battle for hearts and minds: Margaret Evans  "If the state government persists in blocking dialogue and the repression continues, the parliament of Catalonia will proceed, if deemed appropriate, to vote on the formal declaration of independence," Puigdemont's letter said in an English translation provided by the Catalan regional government. Carta en anglès del #president @KRLS al president @marianorajoy pic.twitter.com/LH1tRJMBZX — @govern Spain's government responded by calling a special cabinet session for Saturday, during which it would trigger the process to activate Article 155 of Spain's 1978 Constitution. The article allows for central authorities to take over the semi-autonomous powers of any of the country's 17 regions, including Catalonia. The 'nuclear option' Regarded as the "nuclear option," such a punitive measure takes the standoff to another level. It probably will trigger outrage in Catalonia and could backfire by...Read more
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