Spanish Showdown: Catalonia To Declare Independence "In Days" Puidgemont Says Despite King's Condemnation

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As reported previously, in a sternly worded address to the nation, Spain's King Felipe VI condemned organizers of Catalonia's independence referendum for having put themselves "outside the law" and said the situation in Spain was "extremely serious", calling for unity. In his address, King Felipe VI said Catalan leaders who organized the referendum showed their "disrespect to the powers of the state" adding that "they have broken the democratic principles of the rule of law.

"Today, the Catalan society is fractured," the king said, warning that the poll could put at risk the economy of the wealthy autonomous north-eastern region and the whole of Spain. He said that Catalonia’s authorities, “have placed themselves outside the law and democracy, they have tried to break the unity of Spain and national sovereignty”. Offering firm backing to the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy, Felipe said it was the “responsibility of the legitimate powers of the state to ensure the constitutional order."

Felipe also said the Catalan government had “systematically violated the law, demonstrating a disloyalty that is inadmissible” and “undermined the harmony and coexistence in Catalan society”

But he stressed that Spain "will overcome difficult times".

The address came on the same day as Barcelona's roadways were blockaded amid a general strike as hundreds of thousands in Catalonia have been protesting over Spanish police violence during Sunday's vote, in which nearly 900 people were hurt.

However, despite the King's warning and hinting that a showdown, potentially violent, is coming, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont told the BBC the region will declare independence in a matter of days. In his first interview since the referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

When asked what he would do if the Spanish government were to intervene and take control of Catalonia's government, Puigdemont said it would be "an error which changes everything".

As Bloomberg reported earlier, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been fighting to maintain control after 2.3 million Catalans voted in Sunday’s makeshift referendum and the regional police force ignored orders to prevent the ballot. Preparing for launching the "nuclear option", Bloomberg added that Rajoy is mulling if, and when, to use Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to take direct control from the administration in Barcelona. This is the "error that would change everything" referred to by Puigdemont.

As a reminder, the Spanish government in Madrid has described the referendum as illegal. During the vote, 33 police officers were also injured, local medical officials said.

Meanwhile, as noted this morning, huge protest rallies have been taking place across Catalonia. In Barcelona alone, 700,000 people took to the streets, city police were quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.  

More than 50 roadblocks in the city caused big traffic jams. Barcelona's metro traffic was cut to a 25% service during rush hour and no trains at all at other times. Barcelona's port was at a standstill, trade union sources said. Top tourist attractions were also closed, including the city's famous Sagrada Familia church.

A roadblock on Gran Via in central Barcelona: The banner says "Occupation forces get out!"

Mercabarna - Barcelona's massive wholesale market - was left deserted as some 770 food businesses closed for the day. Many small businesses have shut for the day. Schools, universities and medical services were also closed or operating at a minimum level.

The strike was called in protest at "the grave violation of rights and freedoms" seen during Sunday's ballot. Some police officers were seen firing rubber bullets, storming into polling stations and pulling women by their hair.

Earlier on Tuesday, Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said: "We see how day after day the government of Catalonia is pushing the population to the abyss and inciting rebellion in the streets." He also warned that the central government would take "all measures necessary to stop acts of harassment".

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría condemned the "mafia" behavior of those protesters who had earlier gathered around hotels housing Spanish police officers and demanded that they leave.

It is unclear what Madrid's response will be if, or when, Catalonia follows through on its threat to declare independence. One option is for Madrid to challenge the declaration at the Constitutional Court, which will immediately rule against it. Next, if the Catalan government ignores the ruling, Madrid is likely to trigger article 155 of the Constitution to strip out Catalonia’s autonomy and to call for regional elections. This would be a risk-negatie scenario, and one which Citi said "could trigger a civil rebellion, with possible wide disruptions and violent confrontations. A move by the regional police force to ally with the pro-independence parties could significantly escalate the situation."

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HotelBread's picture

Fork Spain. They're fish thieves anyway.

Rapunzal's picture

Viva freedom no matter how. Fuck the NWO with all their parasitic minions. Freedom for all people on this planet :)

Silvery Dan's picture

How do Catalonians walk around with those giant fucking balls?

IH8OBAMA's picture

LMAO.  That's the quote of the day!

east of eden's picture

you worthless fucking coward

Slack Jack's picture

Overflow @ Oct 3, 2017 6:28 PM "They're not brave. They're sending kids and grandmas to the font line. Youre being fooled."

You've been fooled into war before,..... This article outlines roughly how the second world war was run:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

ergatz's picture

When will the US declare INDEPENDENCE from IsraHell?

bigkahuna's picture

nah nah nah-nah HEY HEY!!

east of eden's picture

You know, it really doesn't matter. Truth is truth, and it is incorruptable.

N. B. Forrest's picture

Does anyone else find it ironic that this puppet king says, "they have broken the democratic principles"?  WTF?  They have broken democratic principles by voting?  Hmmmmm... That's just so precious. 

east of eden's picture

Yep. Are you armed. Can you sustain yourself for 30 days? Can you fight in heat and in snow. If so, then you are hired.

Overflow's picture

Ok, now your neighbors vote to kill you and then you grow up quickly.

WTFUD's picture

I've gotten used to it but i have my boxers reinforced in the crotch area professionally on day of purchase. Sometimes when the sacks are full i do tend to stoop.

BennyBoy's picture


Fuck the "King". Fuck any "King".

Leftover in-bred dictators from another era.

Don Diego's picture

LOL you are in for a big disappointment.

east of eden's picture

No, but you are in for a very BIG surpise. Douche bag.

Wakemaker's picture

75% of the Spains productive people are in Catalonia. They are tired of most of their income going to the parasites. Spain is 3rd world without them.

Don Diego's picture


75%? yeah right, but you might be right, it all depends on how you define a "productive person".


Overflow's picture

Catalonia is 16% of Population of Spain, 20% of GDP, 28% of public debt, and 35% of coruption cases, up to date.


(last figure 35% is one of the drivers of this shabby adventure)


Check your sources, they always use fantasy data and creative accounting in their propaganda.

Rapunzal's picture

The people have to be careful, they will try to divide the people. That's always been the plan of the NWO and before of kings and emperors. Divide and conquer, bread and circuses. They ruled us for centuries. Stay peaceful and respectful to each other.

Overflow's picture



the same balls of those burning Berkeley.


I insist once more:


Youre supporting  a progressive-dumb-SJW army of zombies, programmed by the most corrupt oligarchies ever in Spain. 


They're not brave. They're sending  kids and granmas to the font line.


Youre being fooled.


Kaiser Sousa's picture

Same way Ameridumbs walk around with those shriveled tiny balls...

Give Me Some Truth's picture

Who woulda thunk it? The king is a member of the Establishment and is interested in protecting the Status Quo. He's ordering the serfs to protect his club. The serfs best do what the king says.

JRobby's picture

+10,000 Indeed Sir! Fuck the NWO and all destroyers of CULTURE.

Don Diego's picture

The NY Times cartoonist Patrick Chappatte agrees with you: Freedom for Cataloonia:


Feel free to Google his other pro-open borders and anti-gun cartoons.

Snowflakes arrow down at my command.

east of eden's picture

Do you have any idea what it will fell like when we introduce a red hot rebar up your arse?

TheReplacement's picture

That there sounds like a direct threat of sexual violence against a very specific, although still anonymous, person.  Very brave or foolish.  How will do get that done?  How will you prove it?

Overflow's picture



Trolling SJW's in ZeroHedge.     New entertainment.


Fun, but bad news, actually.  

Rapunzal's picture

I'm pro 2nd amendment, I'm for peaceful protest, but the people need to be able of self defense.

Newsboy's picture

Uh, the king is naked and his weiner is shriveled up.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's picture

With only 42% of people showing up for a messy vote on sunday, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont doesn't have a strong mandate to decide much at all. To push for a new vote, yes, but this not.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder's picture

I depicted the people as they were. Nothing less or more.

east of eden's picture

You are another Spanish plant, an imbecile, and fucking dead too boot.

east of eden's picture

42% is not an unusal number for a turnout, and DOES NOT INCLUE THE  700,000+ VOTES THAT THE GUARDIA PIGS REMOVED.



Obsidian Samctum's picture

Thats double the amount of voters in the US. So, by that same logic is our election void and null?

WTFUD's picture

Merkel's ruling the roost with less than 28% of citizen's vote, Theresa May less than 29% and Netanyahu doesn't even make it into the 20's. So F.O. you C!

What's 90% of 42 . . . answer 37.8% ( not including the theft of many ballot boxes by the Junta )

alexcojones's picture

Who knew? The senile old Spanish Empire still has a King?

Betcha nobody voted for him

IH8OBAMA's picture

I thought they were going to declare independence within 48 hours of the vote.  What's the delay?  Do they have to get border crosing guards in position first?

east of eden's picture

Maybe they have to arm and supply themselves first.

I have news for you, fart. The Celts are returning.

Racer's picture

Disloyalty to an unelected person??!

rphb's picture

Disloyalty to the king

Overflow's picture

COnstitution voted by 88%


Since then, Constitutional parties with >80% of parlament always.


Yes, he's elected. 

Don Diego's picture

Catalan father using his son as human shield:

Puigdemont will dever declare independence, you read it first, and if he does these bad hombres are ready to go and arrest Puigdemont.

The police was too nice, just two people stayed in the hospital overnight (for 1.5M Orcs on the streets), when these guys come it will not be so pretty.

east of eden's picture

You need your fucking tongue cut out and fed back to you.

east of eden's picture

Oh, so now, after he has brutalized thousands, he pulls the so called 'king' out of his pocket.

Sorry Rajoy, You are a fucking dead man now.

Overflow's picture

Tell me, what happens in your country when a hundred SJW's and radicals storm a police station?

That happens in fascist Spain with no intervention.


Have you ever seen police at G20 meetings, ecologist demostrations, and so?