Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Spanish Prosecutor Brings Rebellion Charges Against Catalan Leaders

Protesters in Madrid hold up signs calling for Catalan regional president Mr Puigdemont's imprisonment yesterday morning Protesters in Madrid hold up signs calling for Catalan regional president Mr Puigdemont's imprisonment yesterday morning
Melinda Barton | 30 October, 2017, 14:48

Catalonia's parliament has cancelled a meeting on Tuesday following the Spanish government's takeover of the region, a parliamentary source said on Monday, confirming the regional legislative had accepted Madrid's order for it to dissolve.

Spain's state prosecutor has called for rebellion and sedition charges to be brought against Catalonia's ousted leaders over their push for independence. Some have vowed to continue to work.

"We can not recognise the coup d'etat against Catalonia, nor any of the anti-democratic decisions", Junqueras wrote in a Catalan newspaper this weekend. In an interview with the Associated Press, the country's foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, said Puigdemont could "theoretically" run for re-election if the courts decide he should remain free until then.

Spain's central government is set to take control of Catalan institutions with Spanish officials expected to be put in place in the region's ministries on Monday.

The Spanish Government has said it would welcome participation of the sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in new elections, the BBC News reported.

But it was unclear from his comments whether he meant to defy orders from Madrid to leave office or whether he meant to compete in the fresh regional elections.

The pro-union Barcelona-based El Periódico says the protest was the "start of the election campaign".

The Catalan government said that of the 43% of potential voters who took part, 90% were in favour of independence.

A new regional election will be held in Catalonia on December 21, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised address on a day of high drama. Spanish TV carried live pictures of the building's entrance but by late morning Puigdemont - who on Saturday urged "democratic opposition" - had not arrived.

Catalans had a range of powers in many policy areas from culture and environment to communications, transportation, commerce and public safety.