Catalonia declares independence as Spain contemplates further crackdowns — Political crisis

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters that the government would respond in a "proportionate" way.

On top of that, the Dec. 21 election could deliver a steadfastly pro-independence Catalan parliament, even if recent polls have suggested the region of 7.5 million people is roughly evenly split on secession. The referendum was illegal. "The state will react".

In her statement, Ms Hyslop said: "We understand and respect the position of the Catalan government".

The Spanish government had initially said it would control widely watched Catalan public television TV3, but it eventually dropped that plan.

The historic turn of events arose from a decades-long national debate in Spain surrounding Catalan independence, which reached an initial peak earlier this month when Catalan residents voted to declare independence from Spain in a referendum that Spain's government deemed illegitimate.

Trudeau was speaking this afternoon in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., on the same day the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona passed a motion unilaterally establishing a new country.

Martinez said there is no real alternative than a compromise between Madrid and the leaders in Catalonia to end the "constitutional crisis".

What happens if Catalan police forces resist the removal of the regional government? "All the Catalans I know in Montreal had tears in their eye and so much joy".

The vote came a day after Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ruled out calling for a snap election. And the Spanish constitution pays lip service to that.

In an unprecedented move in Spain since the return of democracy in the late 1970s, the upper house of Spain's parliament in Madrid authorised Rajoy's government to rule Catalonia directly.

It's unclear how Catalonia's drive for independence will play out.

European Council President Donald Tusk said that "for the European Union nothing changes" after the independence declaration. "We've had enough of those".

Mr Rajoy has designated Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz Santamaria to oversee the process of direct rule.

"The independence folks are absolutely committed to going down that path", Thomas said. "Twenty-eight is enough for now".

Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos says "we are particularly concerned about the situation in Spain and repeat that Europe can only go forward united. unilateral actions cannot be accepted".

It was subsequently published in the official government gazette, meaning Article 155 has been enforced. A large pro-unity rally is expected in Madrid on Saturday. "We continue working normally". The possible benefits of such an approach would have by far outweighed the risks.

Several prominent SNP figures were in Barcelona for the Catalan referendum, which saw hundreds of people injured as Spanish police tried to prevent the vote taking place.

Opponents of independence for Catalonia are holding a rally in the Spanish capital of Madrid.

But Rajoy's more cautious allies in the conservative camp, plus the Socialists-the main national opposition party, will counsel a less dramatic, gradualist response.

Puigdemont refuses to say whether he had declared independence and instead calls for dialogue.

The motion to secede was approved by the 135-member Catalan parliament, where secessionists hold a slim majority, with 70 votes in favor.

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