Spain: «You reduce dialogue to rubber bullets» — Catalan MP Rufian Romero decries Rajoy government

Tempers flared during a plenary meeting of Spain's Congress of Deputies in Madrid, Wednesday, as various parties reacted the ongoing issue of Catalan independence. The session took place hours before a scheduled appearance of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy to address the situation in Catalonia. Gabriel Rufian Romero, an MP of Catalonia's Republican Left party, has urged the government to... Еще accept the offer of dialogue made by Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and to remove Spanish police from Catalonia. Rufian accused the government of «reducing dialogue to rubber bullets and batons,» while showing pictures of people injured during the 01/10 referendum. «I ask you to be civilized, to be democratic for once in your lives and to sit at a negotiating table. I ask you to remove your political police from the streets of Catalonia, to stop your defamation, to stop insulting us and to stop making fools of yourselves,» the MP stated to the audible consternation of the government's benches. In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria accused the Catalan government of dividing Catalan society and of refusing to dialogue inside a parliamentary framework, «I believe that mediations do not fit between democracy and imposition, between law and disobedience.» Irene Montero, an MP of the left-wing Podemos party, accused the Spanish government of refusing Pugdemont's outreach, and of only using the Spanish flag «to humiliate those who think differently.» She then pleaded the government to «try the only thing you have not tried: dialogue.» Earlier on Wednesday Rajoy had requested Puigdemont to confirm whether or not he has effectively declared the independence of Catalonia, an act which has been deemed illegal by the government.

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