Catalonia Declares Independence

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Catalonia Declares Independence

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

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and majority parliamentarians declared Catalonia's right to be a sovereign independent state.

A 92% referendum "yes" vote demanded it. For democracy to have meaning, it's essential to enforce the will of the people.

"It is not a personal decision," Puigdemont explained, adding "(t)his is a special and historic moment having a long outreach."

Catalans long awaited independence from fascist Spain. Puigdement and parliamentarians seek dialogue with Madrid. 

PM Mariano Rajoy earlier ruled it out, saying "(w)e are going to prevent independence from occurring. That is why I can tell you with absolute frankness that it will not happen." 

It remains to be seen what's coming. Rajoy may invoke Article 155 of Spain's constitution, suspending Catalonia&#
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