Catalan Separatist Leader: "Spain Leaves No Option But To Proclaim New Republic"

Update: Just hours after Puigdemont snubbed Madrid, canceling his visit to The Senate to discuss their imposition of Article 155, Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras told AP that the Spanish government had left Catalonia “no other option” but to proclaim a new republic.

Mr. Junqueras told the AP he was commenting as leader of his party, Republican Catalan Left, not as a member of the regional government.

Additionally, Puigdemont posted a defiant Instagram message: "We will not lose time with those who have already decided to crush Catalan self-government. Onwards!"

The situation is escalating quickly.

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As we detailed earlier, in a sudden, and perhaps ominous, last minute change, the First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, will now not travel to Madrid on Thursday evening to appear before the Senate, and has brought forward the Catalan Parliament plenary session to vote on a response to Madrid's application of Article 155.

Just hours after a PP spokesman confirmed that elections are no longer enough to stop Article 155 process to suspend home rule in Catalonia, El Pais reports, Catalan president Carles Puigdemont won’t appear before the Senate Thursday, citing unidentified people in PDeCAT party in the Congress.

The Catalan Parliament plenary session is now to start Thursday, and will vote response to application of article 155 of the Spanish constitution.

Bloomberg also reports that Catalan Separatists tell supporters that "the moment has come," to "defend the republic."


Jim in MN 0valueleft Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:07 Permalink

It's all fun and games until actual sovereignty or cash are on the line.Have all the flags and language you want.  Just keep paying and DON'T stand in front of the tanks.After all this is the EU, not some Warsaw Pact straw armor with demoralized, impoverished and (deep down in their hearts) illegitimately authorized men. Or is it......really......different this time? That's why they show the games never really knows, whatever the odds makers might say.

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wildbad abyssinian Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:56 Permalink

I want an indepedant Catalunya. I do not want to see blood in the streets, unless it is that of the aggressors...then let it flow!

Wherever true independence is sought it is the thieves and scoundrel rentiers who oppose it. The opressors and armies of non-democratic forces.

Due to the general wave of indepedance in €urope and the burgeoning awakening to the stealth coup d'etat that has been happening throughout €urope for the last few decades, stakes are far higher then simply an "uppidy" region..this is for all of the €uropean marbles.

Catalunya is preparing to water the tree of liberty with blood as MUST be done from time to time. Let it be that of the oppressors, not that of the reluctant victims of oppression.

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lucitanian Don Diego Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:54 Permalink

Don Diego, your understanding of the Spanish constitution is clear from your comments as is your opposition to the separatists, but your complete blindness to the sentiments, motivation, and determination of the Catalan people, and often your derogatory terms towards them along with your apparent support of the authoritarian conservative position of a right wing central government makes you come across like a Falangist puppet.What you don't seem to accept is that there are many millions of "Spaniards" who do not accept the rule of Madrid and a constitution written in at the end of a dictatorship which appeased the Fascists to find a center ground. My understanding is that the Catalan government were willing to discuss and negotiate a mutually acceptable divorce, but Rajoy is determined to to slam the door on anything but absolute supremacy of the central government of Madrid, thereby driving the politics to confrontation.Authoritarian rule is hardly the solution yet Madrid and the PP seem unyielding in their path to bring this to a conflict of their force against the will of many million Catalans.In a conflict between a centralized authoritarian government against the will of people in a particularly clearly defined region that has been self governed to a great extent, why is it that you may feel that those peoples' opinions should neither be expressed by ballot or respected?IMHO I think you would get a lot further with any arguments you have by trying to understand and accommodate the views of the Catalan people even if you want to promote your Spanish nationalist views.

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oliversmithenson lucitanian Thu, 10/26/2017 - 04:08 Permalink

Catalonia's leadership has been stealing money for the past 20 yrs through foundations like the ones used by the infamous Clinton lady, everyone in the business world in Spain knows it since the 90's, they have been caught and have divided the Catalan people pursuing independence (which they have openly said was "stupid" for many years) to avoid justice and keep their Andorran and Swiss accounts.Step off your moral high horse, you have absolutely zero knowledge on the subject throwing "falangist", "authoritarian" and so on. At this point I am no longer surprised on how many brainless justice warrior sheep we have in this forum. 

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PrometeyBezkrilov mtanimal Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:16 Permalink

Exactly. Not to mention that the cause is wrong, there is no independence. Eurogang can freeze their bank accounts and cut them from all financial services, next morning all good indention “revolutionaries” will bring his head on a silver plate, unless people have nothing to lose, which I don’t believe is the case. Now we can speculate a bit. If EU keeps quiet and “allow” Catalonia to separate, but be a part of EU, it means it was planned long time ago and the goal is to make Spain Greece 2.0-bond holders will privatize profitable businesses owned by the government and probably will ask to “lose” some territories/islands.

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lucitanian Don Diego Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:25 Permalink

Who gives a shit? Don't you understand what these Catalan are up against? Like PrometeyBezkrilov suggests above, They are not only fighting Madrid but, Madrid as a slave of the EU, as a slave of the NWO, but what they are expressing is their identity. Why should Catalonia remain as it is? Why should Spain remain as it is? Why should Europe remain as it is.All things change, and we are on the cusp of massive changes to come. Why not search out ways to make those changes with the minimum of suffering for all peoples. Or, are you such a conservative that you require the denial of change itself which is essential to everything. 

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small axe Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

it's showtime, Puigdemont. Do what your people voted for and sort the details out later. Create a refuge for others fleeing the tyranny of the EU and Catalonia would boom overnight. 

lucitanian LawsofPhysics Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:43 Permalink

Because we live in an interdependence of political and commercial oligopolies which has nothing to do and couldn't give a hoot about the identities of peoples. However those structures have the capacity to destroy the hard work of men to further their own power interests.No there are only approximations to independence.True independence is a state of mind, unrecognizable to the economic animal.

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lucitanian LawsofPhysics Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:48 Permalink

Exactly, you reflect the power of the system. The institutional world is all interdependent, meaning they can crush you or any group at any time one way ore the other, so fuck your identity, and enjoy bending over for Madrid, who are bending over for the EU, who are bending over for the NWO, and so on and so forth. Learn to like it.Isn't that daisy chain exactly what people are and should be opposed to in order to express their identity and sovereignty. It might be an illusion that a sovereign Catalunya can find any more sovereign power within the EU, but at least they would not be forced to ask Madrid.

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Don Diego Arkadin Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:49 Permalink

The American revolution would have never been successful so early without the intervention, subsidies and war material of France, Spain and Netherlands. For example 90% of the revolutinaries ' powder was furnished by France. Of course, the British would have eventually relinquished sooner or later their colonies as they did with Canada.When the "colonial" power is too strong compared to you, do not try revolution unless you enlist the help of others.

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fbazzrea Don Diego Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:26 Permalink

so how is this planning supposed to occur when all telecommunications, including social media and sites, such as ZH, are closely monitored? big brother is everywhere. that's their first line of defense. right, dark-shaded boys in black?i expect there will be much ad hoc involved in the battle to regain individual rights and privacy.*edit* and grannys have much to contribute in their own way.

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