Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he approved stripping Catalonia of its autonomous power on Saturday.

This came after the government held a planned special cabinet meeting to approve Article 155 and impose direct rule on Catalonia.

Mr Rajoy said regional elections will be held within six months in the separatist Catalan province and wishes to remove the current leadership.

The plan still needs to be approved by the upper house: the Senate.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont says the region will not accept Madrid’s plan to take away Catalonia’s autonomy. The Catalan leader called it the worst attack on the region since Spain’s dictator Franco.

Puigdemont called for the regional parliament to convene immediately.

This comes after a deadline earlier this week that gave Mr Puigdemont a chance to declare a regional election or vie for independence.

Puigdemont ended up doing niether, instead asking for negotiations as he had been requesting for nearly a week.

On Oct 1, an independence referendum was held that produced a pro-separatist result despite national police violence on the day of.

Puigdemont said on Oct 10 the results gave him a mandate for independence and a declaration was signed by the Catalan leadership.

However, the declaration was put on hold as Puigdemont called for dialogue with Madrid to enter into a process for separating.

The Spanish central government has ignored the request for talks, considering the referendum and independence movement illegal.

 


More details to follow.Image 1 of rallies in Catalonia from Berning Media Network.

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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