Catalonia disaster: State prosecutor seeks costs towards deposed leaders

The prosecutor, Jose Manuel Maza, stated he would search to cost a variety of senior Catalan figures together with deposed President Carles Puigdemont and his cupboard, after the regional parliament voted to problem a unilateral declaration of independence final week.

Madrid suspended the area’s autonomy and imposed direct rule after the Catalan parliament unilaterally declared independence on Friday in Barcelona.

Invoking a never-before-used provision of the Spanish structure, the Spanish authorities sacked the Catalan chief, Carles Puigdemont, who spearheaded the area’s independence bid. It additionally dissolved parliament and referred to as new elections for December 21.

Civil servants, a few of whom supported the independence bid, confronted a alternative of obey Madrid or not exhibiting up in an act of defiance.

The Catalan Government's headquarters in Barcelona on Monday.

The Catalan Authorities’s headquarters appeared quiet because the working day started on Monday. A employees member on the reception desk instructed CNN that all the pieces was working as regular.

The parliament’s speaker, Carme Forcadell, stated on Twitter that she would present up for work on Monday, as anticipated by Madrid, to supervise the transition of energy till the December vote. “We proceed working,” she wrote.

Native armed police guarded the doorway to the federal government’s headquarters in Barcelona, in an indication that native safety forces had been working as regular. The 2 chiefs of the Catalan police had been amongst these dismissed by Madrid .

Catalan police were seen guarding the entrance of the Catalan government's headquarters in Barcelona on October 30, 2017.

Spain’s Inside Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido and several other different senior officers will meet with the brand new chief of the Catalan police, Ferran López, in Madrid.

“We have now to go on and again to institutional normality and maintain elections on December 21st and that’s what we’ve got to do,” Zoido instructed journalists Monday.

The Catalan Police Prefecture circulated a letter over the weekend asking the native police drive, the the Mossos d’Esquadra, to stay impartial.

Puigdemont’s subsequent transfer

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Spain’s prosecutor was anticipated to file costs towards Puidgemont and his ministers as early as Monday.

His Catalan European Democratic Occasion internet at its headquarters Monday morning.

Madrid has stated Puigdemont is eligible to run within the December vote, however it has additionally advised he could possibly be arrested and charged with insurrection, against the law that might carry a 30-year jail time period.

Puigdemont posted on social media Monday that had been taken from inside Parliament’s constructing with the caption, “Good morning” and a smiley face. The picture had been clearly taken on a earlier day and there was no signal that had entered the constructing on Monday.

Puigdemont has proven no indicators of backing down, saying from his hometown of Girona on the weeekend that he nonetheless meant to construct an impartial nation. He has referred to as on Catalans to opposed Madrid’s rule in a democratic, peaceable style.

Deep divisions

Spain was plunged into it worst political disaster because the restoration of democracy within the 1970s after Catalonia held an independence referendum on October 1 that Madrid rejected as unlawful. Puigdemont stated that the vote gave him a mandate to declare independence.

Some 90% voted in favor of independence within the disputed referendum, however turnout was solely 43%.

A brand new ballot means that political events backing independence wouldn’t win a majority if elections had been held in the present day.

Professional-independence events would get 61 to 65 seats within the area’s parliament, in need of a majority within the 135-seat meeting, the Sigma Dos ballot suggests. The ballot was printed Sunday in El Mundo, which has run editorials opposing independence.

Professional-independence events had 72 seats within the parliament earlier than it was dissolved.

The ballot of 1,000 individuals in Catalonia was carried out by phone on October 23 to 26, earlier than the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence.

CNN’s Vasco Cotovio and Tim Lister contributed to this report.


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