Following the Catalan Parliament’s vote in favor of declaring independence from Spain today (Friday), the central Spanish government in Madrid has taken a number of actions in order to prevent the decision from coming into fruition, such as plans to indict Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on charges of rebellion.
Carles Puigdemont will be indicted on rebellion charges Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
A spokesman for the Spanish government announced Friday evening that the central government in Madrid will seek rebellion charges against Catalonia’s President, as well as all other Catalans responsible for the vote to declare independence. The legal move came into play after Spain’s senate approved Article 155 of the Constitution immediately following the Catalan Parliament’s vote for independence, imposing direct rule over the region.
As reported earlier by JOL, the Catalan Parliament voted in favor, 70-10, for declaring independence from Spain. Opponents of independence walked out in protest before the vote was conducted. The European Union rejected Catalonia’s declaration and announced that there would be no changes in its conduct and that it would continue working solely with Spain.
Catalans celebrate the vote to declare independence Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The vote was brought about after just yesterday (Thursday), Catalan President Carles Puigdemont initially stated he would dissolve the regional parliament and hold a snap election, only to retract the decision hours later. According to Puigdemont, he had not received sufficient guarantees from Madrid that such an election would stop the main government from suspending the region’s autonomy.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The Catalan regional government announced this past Tuseday that it was planning to appeal in Spain’s constitutional court the decision to trigger Article 155, which suspends its autonomy. Earlier this week, Madrid began promoting a new regional election in Catalonia, hoping to oust the current Catalan leadership that pushed for the referendum.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Spain’s Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Catalans should ignore their regional authorities once Spain has completed the direct rule implementation.