The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired the Catalan regional government in the wake of the declaration of independence of Catalonia.
He suspended the former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his government shortly after a special cabinet meeting.
The Spanish PM Rajoy wrote that the government takes “steps to prevent the unacceptable abduction of the Catalans, the theft of part of their territory to the rest of Spaniards and to continue to take steps in this escalation of illegality.”
Ponemos en marcha las primeras medidas para evitar que puedan seguir dando pasos en esta escalada de ilegalidad pic.twitter.com/uaEczjjN73
— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) October 27, 2017
MP Rajoy confirmed that the constitutional court was asked to annul the resolutions adopted by the Catalan parliament.
He also terminated the Director-General of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the official Catalan Police force, who was accused of supporting the secessionists by the Central government.
The Spanish Prime Minister Mr. Rajoy also announced a new election to be held in Catalonia on December 21.
“Today is a sad day, but also of tranquility and hope. It is established that the rule of law has sufficient instruments to uphold legality,” PM Rajoy added.
His remarks taunted the thousands of Catalan regional government supported gathered outside the government palace. The secessionist Catalans began to jeer and whistle at his remarks outside the streets of government palace.
Streets of Barcelona now. The people save the people. pic.twitter.com/bBd5qcRh63
— Help Catalonia 🎗 (@CataloniaHelp2) October 27, 2017
The former Catalan President Puigdemont urged his supporters to defend the freedom of Catalonia through the democratic opposition.
He said, “The best way to defend what we have conquered so far is to have a democratic opposition to Article 155.”
The next day in the Spanish capital Madrid, tens of thousands of people took to the street in support of the Spanish unity. They carried the Spanish flags and chanted slogans for the unity of the country.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 28, 2017
The Spanish government said on yesterday that it would welcome the deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont to take part in the new election as part of his democratic exercise.
Government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said: “I‘m quite sure that if Puigdemont takes part in these elections, he can exercise this democratic opposition.”
Meanwhile, the Spanish government has scaled down the security for the former Catalan leaders. Former President Puigdemont’s security has been scaled down while many other ministers have been completely stripped of their security.