Catalonia to Move to Declare Independence from Spain on Monday

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Spain has been thrown into turmoil in these past few days; brother turned against brother, state against country. The next move could involve suspending the regional government and implementing direct rule from Madrid. But Rajoy insists Puigdemont must first drop the threat of declaring independence.

The Catalan government has given scant details as to how it would handle matters such as security, border and airspace control, finances and health.

"You would have expected a conciliatory position", said Oriol Beltran, a Catalan professor of anthropology.

The Catalan president also accused King Felipe of Spain of acting as a mouthpiece for the Spanish government after the monarch accused Catalan authorities of attempting to break "the unity of Spain".

The footage documenting this indubitable horror is widely available yet the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, stated that there was no referendum and that the police had acted with "firmness and serenity". In many cases, business are not really even leaving the region, but rather moving their headquarters or their legal base to other parts of Spain.

"The time for friendly invitations of dialogue is over. the government must stop" the separatists, wrote the conservative El Mundo daily on Wednesday.

Following the king's address, Puigdemont said Felipe was "deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans" and called for mediation, The Telegraph reported.

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And Madrid could be preparing to take severe measures, at least on the judicial front.

The tone of the crisis sharpened with Catalonia's president denouncing the king's intervention and Spain's government rejecting any possible talks.

The king caused outrage among many Catalans by vowing to keep Spain together in the face of the "unacceptable disloyalty" of the Catalan leaders. Madrid has the power to suspend the semi-autonomous status that Catalonia now enjoys under Spain's system of regional governments.

The suspension order further aggravated one of the biggest political crises to hit Spain since the establishment of democracy following the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975. The remaining percentage are said to be in favor of remaining under Spain.

To prevent further violence and any impact at home or overseas, moves to break the political deadlock should take place immediately. Spain has protested the movie, which has ignited tension.

News of the detention in mid-September of key organisers of the referendum sparked a wave of rallies in Catalonia. Catalans came out on to the streets on Tuesday to condemn the police action, shutting down road traffic, public transport and businesses, and ratcheting up fears of intensifying unrest in a region that makes up one-fifth of the Spanish economy. After Spanish police started seizing ballot boxes, Catalan officials allowed voters to vote wherever they liked.

The whole conflict over a self-determination vote has been dragging on for six years but Catalan separatists finally staged such a referendum on Sunday despite Span's insistence it was illegal and an order by Spain's top Constitutional Court order that it be suspended while judges deliberate on its legality.

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