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Rajoy urges Senate to grant measures in Catalonia crisis

Rajoy urges Senate to grant measures in Catalonia crisis

Within an hour, the upper house of Spain's parliament in Madrid authorized [Spanish prime minister Mariano] Rajoy's government to rule Catalonia directly.

Spain's prosecutor office also said it would seek "rebellion" charges for Puigdemont. This would enable Madrid to essentially take full control of Catalonia's finances, public media and police.

"We already had the attacks", she said, referring to the series of jihadist attacks in and around Barcelona that killed 16 people in August.

"The government will make any decisions needed to go back to legality, and we will do that this evening", he said. The Catalan leader has been in intense talks with his party and other allies over the past few days, trying to decide on an outcome that would please all the disparate factions of the pro-independence movement.

Spain's IBEX fell as much 2.1 per cent to a four-day low during the day, 10-year government bond yields hit a day high, and the euro dipped against the dollar on Friday after the Catalan independence declaration.

Ninety percent of voters favored independence in an October 1 referendum in Catalonia, but until Friday the regional government hadn't taken any formal action to pursue secession.

According to the Spanish authorities, this measure stems from the Catalan government's refusal to obey by its legal liabilities.

Not all Catalans are keen on breaking away from Spain, however, with polls showing they are roughly evenly split. Spain remains our only interlocutor.

Catalan separatist legislators have passed a motion to establish a new republic independent of Spain, in a vote boycotted by opposition members.

"The European Union has a political and moral responsibility to support dialogue to identify how the situation can be resolved peacefully and democratically".

"The independence folks are absolutely committed to going down that path", Thomas said.

"Today is the day that many Catalans' long-held desire will be fulfilled, but tomorrow the cruel reality will set in with the Spanish state armed with its interpretation of Article 155", the former speaker of the Catalan parliament Joan Rigol i Roig, told The Associated Press.

But they are also deeply divided over independence. It's this sort of technical, bureaucratic constitutional process that is preventing them from getting to this. "We are proud to having declared independence but we know this is not something definitive". It seemed that there were people who were disillusioned, who had genuine grievances with the relationship of Catalonia to Spain and that were supporting the movement, but that had there been some negotiations, had some of those grievances been addressed, their support for the referendum would have waned. Catalonia is one of the wealthiest regions of the country, and with harsh austerity measures imposed in the wake of an economic slowdown, some Catalan residents have increasingly called for independence.


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