Spain: «Madrid-imposed elections a coup d’etat» — Pro-independence CUP party

Ousted Catalan Parliament's President Carme Forcadell arrived for an urgent meeting with members of pro-independent parliamentary group Junts pel Si (JxSi) at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona despite being commanded to hand herself over to police, Monday. The meeting comes soon after Madrid's decision to dissolve the government of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and hold fresh... Еще elections on December 21st. The central government threatened to arrest anyone of the dismissed functionaries who tries to go to work on Monday. Meanwhile, President of Catalonian Parliamentary Group of the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) Mireia Boya described the upcoming elections as «illegitimate.» «The elections that Madrid imposes is coup d'état, she said, before adding, «This parliament can't be dissolved from Madrid, but it can only be dissolved from here. Therefore, these elections can't be called democratic.» She also stated that CUP has no information about Puigdemont and other members of the Catalan government whereabouts since Friday as well as about them seeking an asylum in Belgium. «We want them [the government] to start acting on behalf of the Republic from here, from Brussels or from wherever they decide,» Boya said continuing, «We, and we think the whole country, want to know where the government and the parliament are headed.» The Catalan government was dismissed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy under the implementation of Article 155 on Friday. Puigdemont and Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell may now face up to 30 years in jail on charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.

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