Today, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on Catalan leadership to abandon its plan to declare the independence of the region and threatened increased measures.

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Today (Thursday), the Spanish Constitutional Court ordered the suspension of the Catalan parliamentary session that was supposed to take place on Monday of next week. During the session, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was expected to announce the official results of the referendum and declare the historic separation from Spain.

In response, Speaker of the Catalan Parliament Carme Forcadell condemned the court’s decision and claimed that it was a serious violation of freedom of speech. However, Forcadell stated that it hasn’t yet been decided whether the session will take place on Monday. “The decision violates the freedom of expression and the rights of members of this parliament,” she said. “It provides further evidence of how courts are being used to solve political problems.”


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Earlier today, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on Puigdemont to abandon his plan to declare the separation of the region while threatening to escalate the measures against Catalonia. In an interview with EFE news outlet, Rajoy stated that a solution to the crisis with Catalonia will only occur when the region’s leadership stops breaking the law.

As reported earlier this week by JOL, Spanish King Filipe VI attacked the Catalan leadership and blamed it for the violence that broke out during the referendum. “The Catalan leadership deliberately violated the law with its irresponsible conduct,” he stated. “The Catalan society today is torn and divided.”