Battle Lines Drawn in Catalonia

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Battle Lines Drawn in Catalonia

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Things heated up Thursday morning. Madrid's fascist Mariano Rajoy regime's cabinet will meet Saturday.

With parliamentary approval, it intends imposing direct rule over Catalonia, invoking Article 155 of Spain's constitution, withdrawing the region's autonomy – after its President Puigdemont failed to meet a Rajoy imposed 10:00 AM Thursday deadline to announce yea or nay on independence.

In a Thursday letter to Rajoy, Puigdemont against stressed dialogue as the only way to resolve things, saying:

"The suspension (of Catalan independence) is still in place. The state is entitled to decide to apply article 155 if it secures the senate's approval."

"But despite all our efforts and our desire for dialogue, the fact that the only reply we have been given is that autonomy will be suspended suggests that you do not unders
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