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Spanish King Filipe: “As a king, I am committed to Spain's constitution and unity”Today, several days after the Catalan independence referendum, Spanish King Filipe VI accused the Catalan leadership of acting illegally and disloyally: “The Catalan leadership deliberately violated the law with its irresponsible conduct.”
Two days after the Catalan independence referendum, during which approximately 900 people were injured in violent clashes with police forces, Spanish King Felipe VI criticized the Catalan leadership and stated that it is responsible for the violence.
“The Catalan leadership deliberately violated the law with its irresponsible conduct,” he stated. “The Catalan society today is torn and divided.” According to King Felipe, the leadership in the region demonstrated “criminal disloyalty” that may endanger the stability of the entire Spanish economy. “As a king, I am committed to Spain's constitution and unity.”
After 90 percent reportedly voted in favor of independence, Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala threatened that the country would use its “constitutional power to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if the regional parliament declares independence.”
Under Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, Madrid is allowed to suspend the region’s autonomy. “We will use the entire force of the law,” said Catala during a televised interview. “Our responsibility is to resolve the problems, and this is what we are going to do even if it hurts. If someone declares independence, we will tell them that they cannot do that.”
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