Protester held a Catalonian independence flag toward riot police during demonstrations Thursday
22 October, 2017, 01:56
Puigdemont said the Saturday decision by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to fire the regional government and force a new election, which will be effective next Friday, was "the worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco".
The move, meant to quash an independence bid led by Catalonia's regional government, follows weeks of division triggered by a banned independence referendum on October 1.
Rajoy said new elections should be called for Catalonia within six months but that he wanted it to happen as soon as possible.
FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu says the famed soccer club is backing the leaders of Catalonia in response to the Spanish government's decision to take over the regional government.
Spain's National Security Department said late on Friday that an undisclosed number of government websites had been hit in recent weeks with slogans supporting independence for the country's Catalonia region.
The Madrid government is expected to implement measures under Article 155 of Spain's constitution. This would happen happen in the coming days, Rajoy said.
However, the Catalan leader called on the regional parliament to suspend the proclamation in order to make way for dialogue with Madrid.
At the national level, Pablo Echenique, a secretary in the far-left Podemos party, vowed to work to oust Rajoy and his conservative Popular Party.
Municipal police said 450,000 people rallied on Barcelona's large Paseo de Gracia Boulevard, spilling over onto nearby streets, many holding Catalonia's yellow, red and blue Estelada separatist flag.
The region's vice president, Oriol Junqueras, urged supporters to join the thousands of protesters in Barcelona, the regional capital.
In an unusually emotional speech at a prize-giving ceremony, he said the Spanish government would resolve the fight over Catalonia's bid for independence through "legitimate democratic institutions".
European Union leaders have backed the Madrid government in its handling of the crisis, which Rajoy insists is an internal matter.
As tensions continue to run high, independence supporters are set to rally in Barcelona Saturday evening calling for the release of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, the leaders of two powerful grassroots separatist groups who have been in jail since Monday pending investigation into sedition charges.
The slow-burning constitutional crisis over secession escalated this month when regional government officials claimed a disputed independence referendum held October 1 gave them a legal basis for separating from Spain.
Puigdemont says he has a mandate to declare independence after the referendum, which his administration says resulted in a 90 percent Yes vote.
Catalonia's vice president was one of the first regional cabinet members to react to the announcement that Spanish authorities are seeking to dissolve the cabinet and take control of the prosperous territory.
Amid the uncertainty, businesses have started to move their legal headquarters out of Catalonia, Spain's wealthiest region.
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But one central issue has yet to be discussed: the fate of Hamas' militant wing and cache of rockets and weapons. In an online posting later, Netanyahu warned that the deal would make "peace much harder to achieve".
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