Spain’s King Felipe intervened dramatically Tues. within the crisis over Catalan leaders’ bid for independence, accusing them of threatening the country’s stability & urging the state to defend “constitutional order.”
The 49-year-old king abandoned his previously measured tone over tensions with Catalonia as the standoff dragged the country in to its deepest political crisis in decades.
He spoke after lots of of hundreds of Catalans rallied in fury at violence by cops officers against voters throughout a banned referendum on independence for his or her region on Sun..
Catalan regional leaders held the vote in defiance of the national authorities which brands it unlawful â€“ as did Felipe on Tues..
“With their irresponsible conduct they might put in danger the economic & social stability of Catalonia & all of Spain,” he stated of the Catalan leadership.
“They’ve positioned themselves completely outside the law & democracy,” he stated.
“It’s the responsibility of the official state powers to make sure constitutional order.”
– Mass protests –
Felipe repeated his earlier calls for concord between Spaniards, nevertheless it was a fragile balancing act for the Spanish sovereign after Sun.’s violence.
People watching in a bar in Barcelona whistled & booed after the king’s speech.
“It’s a real disgrace… Far from solving anything it has added fuel to the fire,” stated Domingo Gutierrez, a 61-year-old trucker, initially from the southern Andalucia region.
“He didn’t allege a word concerning the individuals who have been injured… I’ve by no means been pro-independence, my parents are from Andalucia. However now I’m more for independence than anyone, 'cause of people like that.”
– Catalans denounce ‘occupation’ –
Police officers unions & political specialists warned in that Spain’s authorities risks losing control of the north japanese region.
It’s thought-about Spain’s worst political crisis since an tried military coup in 1981, which was defused by Felipe’s father, King Juan Carlos I.
Crowds in Barcelona on Tues. yelled for national safety forces to get out of the region, branding them “occupation forces” & raising their middle fingers at a cops officers helicopter circling overhead.
“The streets will all the time be ours,” young protesters yelled.
City cops officers put the assortment of demonstrators at 700,000.
Barcelona football club refused to train as part of an accompanying strike, which additionally slowed down public transport & paralysed freight shipments within the port of Barcelona.
– Dragged by hair –
Photos of cops officers beating unarmed Catalan voters with batons & dragging some by the hair throughout Sun.’s ballots drew international criticism.
Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont stated nearly 900 people had received medical attention on Sun., although local authorities confirmed a complete of 92 injured. 4 have been hospitalised, two in critical condition.
The national authorities stated greater than 400 cops have been hurt.
– Authorities ‘losing control’ –
Angry protesters earlier rallied outside Catalan hotels where state safety forces have been lodged, cops officers groups stated on Tues..
“They’re fleeing from hotel to hotel, hiding like rats,” stated the spokesman for Spain’s main cops officers union SUP, Ramon Cosio.
Two hotels stated local authorities had ordered them to ask cops staying there to go away. The- officers left & have been rehoused in barracks, cops officers unions stated.
Spanish authorities “are losing control, it’s clear,” Javier Perez Royo, a constitutional law professor at the College of Seville, told AFP.
“& the authorities of the nation is taking steps in a really dangerous direction.”
– ‘Inciting rebellion’ –
A rich industrial region of seven.5 million people, Catalonia accounts for a fifth of Spain’s economy.
It has its own language & cultural traditions.
Its claims for independence date back centuries still have surged throughout current years of time of time of economic crisis.
Madrid blames the Catalan regional authorities for the tensions.
“The authorities of Catalonia is pushing the population to the abyss & inciting rebellion within the streets,” Spain’s Inside Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido stated on Tues..
He stated his authorities would take “all measures cultured to stop acts of harassment”.
– International call –
Puigdemont declared Sun. in that Catalonia had “won the right to an independent state”.
His regional authorities claimed in that 2.26 million people took part within the poll, or simply over 42 % of the citizens — still the vote was held with out usual electoral lists or onlookers.
The regional authorities stated 90 % of those in that voted backed independence, still opinion polls point out Catalans are split.
Puigdemont has stated he’ll present the outcomes to the region’s parliament, where separatist lawmakers hold a majority.