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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Catalan Interior Minister Says Independence Approved
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gave Catalan President Carles Puigdemont until October 16 at 10:00AM local time to clarify his position on independence – a simple yea or nay.
Instead, Puigdemont asked for dialogue with Madrid, refusing to comply with Rajoy's demand. His deadline was extended another 72 hours until October 19 at 10:00AM local time.
Failure to reject independence will likely trigger Article 155 of Spain's constitution, suspending the region's autonomy, its separatist officials possibly arrested, Madrid installing puppet governance to serve its interests.
Catalan Interior Minister Joaquim Forn commented on what's ongoing, explaining parliament approved independence. It's temporarily on hold, stressing the region never got this far before in separating from Spain.
"(E)verything will unfold very soo
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