Spain: Catalan govt. states application of article 155 is «based on threats»

The Catalan government stated that they have ‘full confidence in the Catalan economy’ and that they are steadfast in their ‘cohesive’ support of their president, when speaking from a press conference in Barcelona on Tuesday. The conference was held following the Catalan Government’s meeting with the Executive Council earlier in the day. Spokesperson of the Government of Generalitat of Catalonia... Еще Jordi Turull stated that he «can guarantee that the government is absolutely cohesive around the president» and that the Catalan government has full confidence in Catalonia's economy. «On the one hand, we denounce the pressures, [...] because while trying to hurt us, they [Spanish government] are actually hurting themselves. We have full confidence in the Catalan economy because it is very robust», he said. Turull stated that the possibility of the Spanish government applying the 155 article is based on «a dialogue of threats», and insisted that Madrid's article is something that «nobody wants» in Catalonia. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is due to address the regional parliament at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT) for the first time since the referendum. Police officers have surrounded the area with security fences and police vehicles now guard the scene. Catalonia held a referendum on October 1 to decide on the region's independence, however the Spanish government deemed the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'. At least 893 people and 33 police officers were reportedly injured in violent confrontations between voters and Spanish civil police who attempted to stop Catalans from voting at polling stations.

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