Less than a day after 90 percent of Catalonia’s residents voted in favor of independence, a Spanish minister threatened that Madrid may suspend the region’s autonomy. “We will use the entire force of the law,” he stated.
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After 90 percent of Catalonia’s residents 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.”
Catalans, yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The threat from Madrid is a response to the vote that was held yesterday. The results of the referendum, which was deemed illegal by the Spanish government, showed that an overwhelming majority of Catalans want an independent state. Catalan President Carles Puigdemon declared after the vote: “The residents of Catalonia received the right for an independent state.”
During the vote, violent clashes between voters and police were reported throughout the region. At least 893 people were transported to local hospitals.