The national politicians regard the move by the Catalan government as a criminal act.
The Catalan government has been officially removed from power. It is unclear if they are really out of power. The Spanish government had announced their plans to directly rule the region in advance. So, it was no coincidence that the Catalan government made their declaration the day before.
What happens now? Violence would be a horrific outcome. The pro-independence forces seem to have a majority in Catalonia but just barely.
Hopefully, at some point the two sides will both negotiate a settlement. But that will mean they both need to changed their current trajectory.
The Washington Examiner reports, “Spain takes over Catalonia, fires defiant separatist leaders.”
Spain took formal direct control of Catalonia on Saturday, on paper firing the region’s defiant separatist government a day after lawmakers passed a declaration of independence for the prosperous northeastern region.
But there was no immediate sign if top Catalan officials were intending to obey or if they would resist the sacking and throw the region into further turmoil by prolonging a monthlong standoff with central authorities.
The move came after one of the most tumultuous days in the country’s recent history, as the national parliament in Madrid approved unprecedented constitutional measures to halt the secessionist drive by the regional parliament in Barcelona.
Spain made the takeover official by publishing special measures online early Saturday in the country’s gazette.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who now replaces Catalan President Carles Puigdemont as the top decision-maker in the northeastern region, has also dissolved the regional parliament and called a new regional election to be held on Dec. 21.
Still, it was not clear at all whether a new election would solve Spain’s problems with separatists in Catalonia. Polls suggest pro-independence parties would likely maintain their slim advantage in parliamentary seats but would not get more than 50 percent of the vote.
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