Spanish Separatists Declare Independence

Oct 28, 2017

Separatists in the Catalan parliament voted to declare their independence from Spain on Friday. “We shall constitute the Catalan Republic as an independent, and sovereign, democratic and social state of law.” The vote was 70 to 10. Many of the supporters of remaining with Spain boycotted the vote. Spain’s parliament is moving towards seizing control of Catalan. It plans to remove regional leaders from office and install their own bureaucrats loyal to Spain. The European Union has endorsed the position of the Spanish government and has “already backed the hardline stance of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy.” EU spokesman Mina Andrea said, “We have nothing to add to what we said.” Prime Minister Rajoy tweeted, “The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia.” “What is being debated here is whether Spain, regarding an issue that affects its stability and its integrity, has the right to defend itself by making use of the constitution and the laws,” Rajoy told Spanish senators. Prosecutors plan to arrest and charge Catalan’s president and his government with rebellion. He could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.