Madrid Rejects Dialogue with Catalonia

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Madrid Rejects Dialogue with Catalonia

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was given until Monday to clarify whether he'll formally declare independence or not.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy rejected his call for dialogue between what he called "democratic law and disobedience (sic)". 

On Thursday, he began the process of invoking Article 155 of Spain's constitution, revoking Catalan autonomy. "It's Puigdemont's response which will mark the coming days," he said. "I hope he gets his answer right."

Thousands of national police, civil guards and military troops are poised to take control of the region, perhaps ousting its government and arresting its secessionist leadership.

On Thursday, Spain's national day, thousands of anti-secessionists rallied in Barcelona, likely staged by Madrid, pressuring Puigdemont not to formally declare i
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