Spain imposes direct rule over Catalonia placing region under Madrid's control

Drama in Spain continues today (Saturday) as the Spanish central government has formally placed Catalonia under Deputy Spanish Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría's rule, and the Spanish interior minister has taken control of the Catalan Police to prepare for protests in Catalonia.
Protests in Catalonia this month Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The Spanish government on Saturday removed Catalonia’s autonomous status and took direct control of the regional government, which has been formally transferred under the authority of Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría.

Earlier today (Saturday), the Spanish minister of interior fired the Spanish police chief and took control of the Catalan police. The Spanish government issued a statement demanding that the police remain neutral and not take part in the citizen’s protests.

Protests in Catalonia Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As previously reported by JOL, Spain announced yesterday (Friday) that government prosecutors would file an indictment against Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on charges of rebellion. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also announced that the Catalan parliament had been dissolved and that new elections would be held on December 21.

Carles Puigdemont faces rebellion charges Phot

The steps come after Spain’s senate approved imposing Article 155 of the Constitution, which gives Spain direct rule over Catalonia, ending the region’s autonomy. Spain triggered Article 155 in response to the Catalan parliament’s decision to declare independence, which came about after Puigdemont announced he had not received sufficient guarantees from Madrid that holding snap elections would stop the main government from suspending the region’s autonomy.

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