"It's A Coup": Catalan President Slams "Worst Attack" By Spain "Since Franco Dictatorship"

Update: The defiant Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, addressed Catalans, Spaniards, and the rest of Europe on TV saying that the Spanish states' imposition of Article 155 means "liquidation of our self-government and cancellation of the democratic will of Catalans".  In other words, he made it quite clear that the region's leaders would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing.

Puigdemont said Rajoy had set out to "humiliate" Catalonia in an "attack on democracy" and said removing powers from Catalonia was the "worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco".

After taking party in peaceful demonstration, Puigdemont expressed his rejection of Madrid’s move, but stopped short of saying he would make good his threat to push ahead with the independence bid before direct rule takes effect.

“I ask the (Catalan) 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 address.

Puigdemont also said Spain "closed the doors ot a request for talks, and should set a date to discuss the attack" and "Catalan institutions cannot accept attack by Spain."

In a striking accusation, the Catalan president said that "Catalan institutions dealt a coup by Spanish state." Puigdemont then switched to English to appeal to Europeans, says democracy also at risk in Europe: "Catalonia is an ancient European nation". He also announced a session in Catalan parliament to debate "the attempt to liquidate our self-government".

Puigdemont concluded by saying "Long live Catalonia" to which a silently listening crowd suddenly burst back into cheers and chanting.

However, as noted, Puigdemont did not specifically declare independence, but said Catalonia will not accept Madrid's plan to curb region's powers, leaving one tiny, final loophole.

The Senate vote that would give Madrid full control of Catalonia’s finances, police and public media and curb the powers of the regional parliament for up to six months is scheduled for next Friday. That could give the independence movement room to maneuver.

The regional parliament’s speaker, Carme Forcadell, said she would not accept Madrid’s move and accused Rajoy of a “coup.” “Prime Minister Rajoy wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen,” Forcadell said in a televised speech.

In the latest can kicking yet, the Catalan assembly is expected to decide on Monday whether to hold a session to formally proclaim the republic of the region. Catalan media have said Puigdemont could dissolve the regional parliament and call elections by next Friday. Under Catalan law, those elections would take place within two months.

That would enable Puigdemont to go the polls earlier than envisaged by Rajoy, who spoke of a six-month timetable, and to exploit the anti-Madrid sentiment running high in the region.

According to Reuters, pro-independence groups have previously mustered more than 1 million people onto the streets in protest at Madrid’s refusal to negotiate a solution.

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As we detailed earlier, with Spain officially pulling the trigger on Article 155, and activating the Spanish Constitutional "nuclear option" this morning, when PM Rajoy said he would seize control of the Catalan government, fire everyone and force new elections in six months, attention has shifted to the Catalan response. And as we waited for the official statement by Catalan separatist president Carles Puigdemont, expected at 9pm local time, we found him taking to the streets, where he led hundreds of thousands of independence supporters in protest around Barcelona on Saturday, shouting "freedom" and "independence" following the stunning news from Madrid earlier on Saturday.

The protest in the center of the Catalan capital had initially been called to push for the release of the leaders of two hugely influential grassroots independence organisations, accused of sedition and jailed pending further investigation. But it took on an even angrier tone after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced his government would move to dismiss the region's separatist government, take control of its ministries and call fresh elections in Catalonia.

According to municipal police, over 450,000 people rallied on Barcelona's expansive Paseo de Gracia boulevard, spilling over on to nearby streets, many holding Catalonia's yellow, red and blue Estelada separatist flag.

Catalan regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras and Catalan regional president
Carles Puigdemont attend a demonstration on October 21, 2017 in Barcelona

Protesters greeted Puigdemont's arrival at the rally with shouts of "President, President." The rest of his executive was also there.

For at least some locals, the time to split from Spain has come: "It's time to declare independence," said Jordi Balta, a 28-year-old stationery shop employee quoted by AFP, adding there was no longer any room for dialogue.

Others disgree: "The Catalans are completely disconnected from Spanish institutions, and particularly anything to do with the Spanish state," said Ramon Millol, a 45-year-old mechanic.

Meritxell Agut, a 22-year-old bank worker, said she was "completely outraged and really sad." "They can destroy the government, they can destroy everything they want but we'll keep on fighting."

Catalonia is roughly split down the middle on independence, but residents cherish the autonomy of the wealthy, northeastern region, which saw its powers taken away under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Which is why, as many have warned, Madrid's move could anger even those against independence.

Barcelona's Mayor Ada Colau, who opposes the independence drive, tweeted: "Rajoy has suspended the self-government of Catalonia for which so many people fought. A serious attack on the rights and freedoms of everyone."

Meanwhile, the anger keeps rising: as a police helicopter hovered above, protesters booed and gave it the finger. "I wish they would just go," said Balta, looking up at the sky.

The Spanish government's proposed measures still have to be approved by the Senate. But the upper house is majority-controlled by Rajoy's ruling Popular Party and he has secured the support of other major parties, meaning they will almost certainly go through.

Puigdemont is expected to make a statement at 9 p.m. For Catalonia, and Spain, it will - literally - mean the difference between independence and remaining part of Spain. It could also mean the difference between peace and a violent crackdown by Madrid on what it has seen since day one as an illegal independence process. For the Catalan leader, the stakes are huge:  El Pais reported Puigdemont faces a charge of sedition, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, if he formally declares independence or tries to change the Spanish constitution.


Stan Smith Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:31 Permalink

400k people in the streets?   Yeah,  this will end well.    Especially if Spain's "man in charge" keeps issuing threats of taking away even more from these folks.   Oye.   Get your popcorn, I'd guess.

EEEEEEEEEEE PGR88 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:20 Permalink

Brain dead and moslty simplistik ZH pigeon head crowd hits the head against a wall. "the Catalonian government is left wiiiiiing, thats why they are a supporting muslims - a fascist ideology. And becuase they are left wing, they want a nationalist muslim state"Yeah right... thats why Hitler was hand in hand with muslim saudi sand niggers and the garnd mufti, because Hitler was "left wing" I know why ZH is polluted by so many idiots. Massive censorship and account deletion of legit critical people. ZH administartaion is periodically dleteing all people who dare to speak the truth and the result is a coward dumb crowd of simplistic idiots that is dragging down the sanity. I noticed less and less people with a brain reading this site. I doubt the site owner himself cares becuase he is busy to count that russian propaganda bribery money that he gets for publishing non stop put-in propaganda. Shame ZH lost its quality

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J S Bach Don Diego Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:13 Permalink

The "worst attack by Spain since Franco" was his decision to not allow the National Socialists to control the Rock of Gibraltar.  That was a major sinew in the muscle of Axis power in the Mediterranean.  He should have paid back Hitler in this way for Der Fuhrer's assistance during the Spanish Civil War of 1937.  Alas, Monday morning armchair quarterbacking historians can easily make these accusations.  But, oh... what if?

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Manthong SafelyGraze Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:04 Permalink

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 It’s really not that hard… Cut ‘em off…..at the balls..... ..stop paying any taxes… everything.. income, retail. VAT just stop… cut them off. Then as you have 20% of the GNP … they might want to talk.

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The Wizard HowdyDoody Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:34 Permalink

Much like the Constitution for the United States of America was corrupted with the United States converting to a corporation in 1871, post War of Northern Aggression, so to was the Constitution of Spain corrupted with its various wars. The history of Catalonia is being an independent state which has been taken over by corporate governments.What puzzles me is, if these people of Catalonia want Catalonia in the European Union, what's all this talk about independence?

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Teja Don Diego Sun, 10/22/2017 - 13:15 Permalink

Spain a democratic country? LOL. Strictest anti-demonstration laws in Western Europe, not only against Catalans, also against economic protests. Now preparing media censorship in Catalonia.But they seem to have enough money to support a Fundacion Nacional Francisco Franco:http://www.fnff.es/I wonder if they might want to put up a memorial for Legion Condor, too, maybe in Barcelona? 

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runningman18 Dutti Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:46 Permalink

When have they threatened "bombings"?  Plus far more than 450,000 voted for independence.  The majority who did vote, in fact, voted for independence.  If the Spanish government had not used riot cops to overrun polling stations, maybe millions more would have voted.  This does not end well for Spain either way.  If Catalonia leaves, Spain loses 20% of GDP.  If they crack down on Catalonia and start civil unrest, they still lose 20% of GDP.  Spain is done for. 

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Dutti runningman18 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

Of course nobody threatens bombings or shootings etc..However, if you remember the "struggle" by the Basque ETA - they did bombings and shootings.It's almost guaranteed that there will be some hotheads.Also, many did not vote because they did not see a point to go out voting for "remaining" since this voting excersise had been called illegal by the constitutional court in advance.  

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runningman18 Dutti Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

Well, that's all conjecture.  But if we are going to theorize that the Catalans will start bombing, then we should also consider that the Spanish government will use violence as well, and probably first.  What will the reaction to that be?  Likely more escalation and more people joining the Catalan side.   

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runningman18 Dutti Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:18 Permalink

Yes, but like it or not the majority of Catalans that voted did so for secession.  If there is really a considerable movement against secession, then where is their march?  Now would be the time if these people exist in large numbers.  Beyond that, again, you are peddling conjecture on the threat of bombings as well as the reaction of the citizens.  For all we know, the Spanish government will resort to false flag attacks to stain the image of Catalan independence.  Or, the Spanish government will commit violence and galvanize the "secessionists".  Let's wait and see what ACTUALLY happens before we assume that either side will use terror tactics.   

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runningman18 Dutti Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:53 Permalink

Excellent!  So, let's apply the same argument that numerous others are using against the Catalan independence movement:  350,000 people participated in the march against secession - yet there are over 7 million citizens in the region.  Hmm, not very representative, right?  Yes, let's stay away from conjecture and see what happens.    

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waspwench Dutti Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:15 Permalink

Many more people would have voted if Madrid had not attempted to prevent them from doing so and actually made it dangerous to go to the polling stations.If Madrid had allowed the referendum to proceed I suspect many more people would have voted, and of that many, it is quite possible that a majority would have voted against independence.   Rajoy has made this mess himself by his incredible mismanagement and Catalans who did not want independence now feel it necessary to support Puigdemont in order to demonstrate that they will not be pushed around.

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Antifaschistische runningman18 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:29 Permalink

I'd like to see the real numbers...I'm sure McKinsey or Goldman has it figured out.They may lose 20% of GDP, but what does this region cost?  I know it's not zero?  Who inherits the cost of healthcare and pensioners and education?   And would the Catalonians inherit a percentage of Spain's outstanding debt?It seems to me, that if they've got 20% gdp, offering to inherit 25% of the outstanding debt may be a good negotiating point.they'll all default eventually anyway so why not. 

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Wile-E-Coyote Dutti Sun, 10/22/2017 - 04:44 Permalink

Acquiescence is permission by the vast majority, it doesn't mean there isn't considerable support amongst the 6.5m for independence, revolutions can be instigated and have been with less than 10% of the population active. No considerable counter anti-independence demonstrations in Catalonia have been observed, the Spanish media cleverly skewed the narrative by showing demos outside Catalonia in other regions of Spain. 

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Golden Showers Dutti Sun, 10/22/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

Beg to differ.Secessionists and votors do not bomb. The government bombs, assassinates, colludes, obfuscates, denies, lies, promotes, jokes, pretends.People who get tired of it and stand up get run over by tanks.People who voted to leave: 90%Catalon is fine. Go stare at "Guerinca" for a while and tell me what you see.

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Mulder1 EEEEEEEEEEE Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:36 Permalink

Catalonian president is right-nationalist but the governing party is an association of left-nacionalist (aka nazis) of ERC and the right nationalists in one party, Catalonian vicepresident is from ERC. As they don't have a majority in catalonian parliament, they have to associate with cup, a self-declared anarchist-communist party, but they receive money from Venezuela's regime, his party president has been caught traveling to Venezuela some times.The catalonian government wants to stablish a dictatorship without power separation for independence, they said this will be along some time in the constituent process. They want to stablish capital controls and money flow controls over all, probably they will have to stablish a 'corralito' too.As catalonian language is close to french, they have fullfilled Catalonia with french natal language muslims to indoctrinate them easily and make a big block of people that will vote independence. Catalonia is one of the regions of Spain with more muslims, almost all receive a payment from the catalonian government with the excuse of integrate them.

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God Emperor Mulder1 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:53 Permalink

You seem to not know your right from left.Catalonia is governed by:- ERC is Left wing =  Esquerra (Left) Republicana de Catalunya - the other minor ally is CUP, Anarchic/Extreme Left = Candidatura d'Unitat Popular- the "Mainstream" party is JuntsPerSI (together for Yes) made from CiU (centrist)+Podemos (chavistas/commies) THERE IS NO RIGHT WING IN CATALONIA, except a small party PPC aka PPdeCAT, a local offshoot of PP (Pardido Popular) which governs Spain. 

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peddling-fiction runningman18 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:56 Permalink

Look for Catalonian handshake photos for Masonic grips.Their proposed flag is also Masonic, like Cuba's flag.We are being had.Catalan President Puigdemont with Master Mason grip, while shaking hands with the King's wife.https://images.mujerdeelite.com/galerias/5194_1.jpgRajoy doing the grip. They are brothers.https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_SCB1OHoH8k/TVftoO199UI/AAAAAAAALzo/vKdSP-ok…

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runningman18 peddling-fiction Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

Yes, that must be it, I'm a masonic agent, lol!  There is nothing "unnatural" about their handshake grip.  I'm asking for real evidence that they are masons (the handshake is meaningless), or at least that Puigdemont is a mason.  Support your argument with something tangible.    Like I said, I'm not completely dismissing the notion, but the handshake garbage is not convincing in the slightest. 

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peddling-fiction runningman18 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:17 Permalink

Here goes bud.For Rosicrucians, Freemasons and Kabbalists:The Egregore you "pray" to (known as grigori or watchers) is the thought group of the Fallen Angels.So Leo Taxil was right; Masonry worships Lucifer.Templars and Jesuits know that they worship Satan/Lucifer so I do not need to warn them. They follow the bad boy path.Only 32nd level (or 33 for sure) Freemasons know this for a fact.So, you are shilling for the devil. Did you think that gangstalking comes from God?Good luck bud, with your Master Mason, and during Judgement.Learn to not pay attention. Look what you have done...

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peddling-fiction runningman18 Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:27 Permalink

To lie and double down lying is your natural reflex. Your life is a lie and you are possessed.A WARNING TO PERPS, FREEMASONS, ROSICRUCIANS, TEMPLARS, ILLUMINATI, JESUITS, AND ZIONISTS FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITYSince I see many perps here, I want to dedicate this post to you. You are being duped and setup for a great fall. You will end up destroyed (body AND soul) if you do not repent now, and stop gangstalking, criminal activities, and wars. EGREGORES AND ANGELSMany of you still are not aware that you really serve the fallen angels. Some of you are, or know that you are involved with lots of illegal activities in your neighborhoods, among these we can mention gangstalking, mind control, sexual abuse, spying, voyeurism, drug dealing, extortion and pimping. Gangstalking is a crime against humanity if you are not sure. To use "national security" as an excuse to torment and torture the best and brightest, is surely not exemplary behavior, and you will be held accountable. THE STAR OF DAVID IS A SYMBOL OF MAGICKEgregore is a term all secret brotherhood members know well, as well as Kabbalist Jews. Good Jews know to keep away from this abomination, and would have preferred their candle symbol called the Menorah on Israel's flag, instead of a magick sigil called the Star of David, that was used by Solomon, the greatest sorcerer of all times, for acts of magick. Any Pastor (they all are Freemasonry's members or they are being destroyed) praising Solomon, is praising a sorcerer; helping Israel with donations, is not going to a worthy cause in most cases. Most Jews are not seen as God's chosen anymore. Does Jesus ring a bell of bad conscious? YOUR EGREGORE IS OF THE FALLEN ANGELSEgregore comes from the Slavonic term grigori, or watchers (angels), right from the Book of Enoch, that describes in detail the fall of the rebellious angels to Earth. Technically, there can be good and bad angels, but I can say that when secret brotherhoods delve in secret and forbidden knowledge like astrology, that was specifically taught by the Fallen (and they all do), and when their members direct their thoughts and prayers to the Egregore, they really are directing their attention, and offering their souls to the Fallen Angels. I understand that you fear your masters. However the punishment that you will so deservedly receive from God, will be of a larger scale not understood by you. You must know that you are heading towards trouble. I am telling you. Repent or else. Change your ways. Stop serving your current master. You have been served.

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