Catalonia cannot accept ‘illegal’ control from Madrid, says regional leader

Reuters . Madrid | Published: 01:31, Oct 22,2017 | Updated: 10:07, Oct 22,2017

 
 
Carles Puigdemont , Catalonia

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the Palau de la Generalitat, the regional government headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, October 21, 2017. — Reuters photo

The people of Catalonia cannot accept the ‘illegal’ measures taken by the Spanish government to rule the region directly from Madrid, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Saturday, as he called on the regional parliament to act against them.
Puigdemont said the decision by prime minister Mariano Rajoy to fire the regional government and force a new election, which would be effective next Friday, was ‘the worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco.’
‘I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens’ sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy and act in consequence,’ Puigdemont said in a televised speech.

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