Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Catalonia Mass protests against detention of Catalan activists

Catalonia Mass protests against detention of Catalan activists

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron voiced strong support for Madrid in the Catalan independence crisis on Thursday, backing the Spanish government's response to the country's worst political crisis in decades.

With a mood of defiance hardening in the Catalan capital of Barcelona and the Madrid-based government adamant that the constitution doesn't allow for the breakup of Spain, there seems to be no end in sight for one of Europe's long-simmering disputes.

"If the government continues to impede dialogue and continues with the repression, the Catalonian parliament could proceed, if it is considered opportune, to vote on a formal declaration of independence", Puigdemont said in his second letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Spain's National Court ordered the leaders of Assemblea Nacional Catalana and Omnium Cultural, the grassroots organizations behind the separatist bid, to be held for allegedly orchestrating protests in mid-September that hindered a judicial investigation into preparations for the banned October 1 referendum.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, ignoring a 10am deadline to drop his secession campaign, wrote a letter to Rajoy threatening a formal declaration of independence.

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Spain replied that the government would hold the special Cabinet meeting and "approve the measures that will be sent to the Senate to protect the general interest of all Spaniards".

This is an unprecedented move - the Spanish government has never invoked Article 155.

Catalonia's leader has threatened to explicitly declare independence from Spain if no talks are offered and central authorities follow through on a threat to take control of the region's semi-autonomous powers.

Spain immediately reacted to the leader's statement, published just minutes before the deadline set by Madrid.

This means article 155 of the constitution will be triggered and Catalonia's regional parliament, or Generalitat, will use the right to self-government.

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Puigdemont says a violent police crackdown on the referendum and arrests of pro-independence leaders on charges of sedition show the Spanish state has become authoritarian.

The response from Madrid comes after Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont submitted a letter to Madrid on Thursday, saying: "If the Spanish government continues to impede dialogue and continue repression, the Catalan parliament, could proceed... to vote on a formal declaration of independence that it did not vote on October 10".

PDECat party coordinator Marta Pascal outlined Puigdemont's plans after a meeting late Wednesday.

Madrid can in theory sack the local administration and install a new team, take control of police and finances, and call a snap election. But a Catalan official has ruled that out.

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