- Spain has threatened to revoke Catalonia's autonomy by Saturday, October 21
- Catalonia earlier on Wednesday, October 18, declared it's independence
- Spain threatened to revoke the region's autonomy if the Independence declaration is not reversed
The Spanish government on Thursday, October 19, said it is seeking to revoke Catalonia's autonomy and take control of the region.
The announcement came after Catalonia leader, President Carles Puigdemont, refused to withdraw a bid to secede.
The Spanish government, according to a report by Daily Mail, gave Puigdemont until this morning October 18, to abandon his 'suspended' declaration of independence, but chose instead to threaten the government with a regional parliamentary vote on a formal declaration.
In response, prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, called a special cabinet meeting on Saturday when his government will trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, his office said on Thursday.
In a letter to the Spanish prime minister, Rajoy, this morning, Puigdemont said that he is standing by his 'suspended' declaration of independence.
He said that Catalonia had never officially declared itself independent, but warned that they would do so if Spain suspended their autonomy.
He added that if Spain still refuses a dialogue with Catalonia, he would call a parliamentary vote on independence by local lawmakers.
Puigdemont said: "If the central government persists in preventing dialogue and continuing repression, Catalonia's parliament could proceed, if it considers it timely, to vote for a formal declaration of independence that it didn't vote for on October 10."
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The Spanish government has made it clear earlier this week that if Catalonia refuses to suspend its independence declaration, they will suspend the region's autonomy.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Catalan President Puigdemont and other regional leaders have signed a declaration of independence from Spain.
The text, proclaiming the constitution of a “Catalan republic as an independent and sovereign state”, was signed by 72 members of Catalonia’s parliament.
Puigdemont in his address said he would suspend the formal declaration to allow for talks with Madrid, disappointing the more supporters of independence.
The gesture was welcomed by some lawmakers but fell short of a unilateral proclamation for others.
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