Catalan’s Leaders Still Defiant

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, in a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday, threated to explicitly declare independence unless talks with the central government in Madrid are held.

“If the central government persists in impeding dialogue and continuing its repression, Catalonia’s parliament will proceed … with a vote to formally declare independence,” Puigdemont’s letter said.

The letter came with minutes to spare before the expiration of a deadline set by Spain’s government for Puigdemont to backtrack on his calls for secession.

The central government unequivocally rejected the warning, saying in a statement that it was calling a special Cabinet meeting for Saturday in which it would trigger the process to activate Article 155 of Spain’s 1978 Constitution.

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