Catalonia to declare independence on Monday; Spain rejects mediation

Catalonia to declare independence on Monday; Spain rejects mediation
On 3 Oct 2017, hundreds of thousands of Catalans protest the Spanish crackdown during their independence vote, (Image: Screen grab of Sky News video)

[Ed. – There are five days to go, so something may intervene to forestall a big blow-up.  For the EU, this is a disaster in the making.  Note that Spain is leaving the “augmented police” in place in Catalonia, and it appears that they are settling in for the long haul.  After the forcible suppression of the referendum in parts of the Catalan region, there isn’t much doubt what the police will do if ordered.  Very hard to call this one, as of now.  We haven’t been in Kansas anymore for years.]

Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he favoured mediation to find a way out of the crisis but that Spain’s central government had rejected this. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government responded by calling on Catalonia to “return to the path of law” first before any negotiations.

Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, said a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the Oct. 1 vote to break away. …

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In a sign that Spanish police reinforcements sent to Catalonia might be there for an extended stay, an army logistics unit sent bunkbeds, kitchens and showers to an army barracks near Barcelona in case the police need to use the military base at some point, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

Some police staying at hotels in Catalonia have come under pressure from local residents to leave.

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