Monday , October 23 2017

Catalans plan human shield to block Madrid takeover

epa06283887 Speaker of the regional Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell (C), attends the meeting of parties spokespeople at the regional Parliament in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 23 October 2017. Forcadell admitted the petition made by Junts pel Si and CUP pro-independent parties to hold a single subject plenary session on 26 October 2017 with a unilateral declaration of independence set on the table to respond to the Spanish central Government, after the approval to apply article 155 of the Spanish constitution to the region, on 27 October 2017 in the Spanish Senate. Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced the implementation of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution on 21 October and said the central Government will asume the competence to disolve the Catalan regional Parliament in order to call for elections in Catalonia. The Article 155 of Spain's constitution, allows the government to impose direct rule in a crisis on any of the country's semi-autonomous regions.  EPA-EFE/ANDREU DALMAU

Bloomberg Catalan separatists are mobilizing a human shield to block efforts by the Spanish authorities to take control of the breakaway region as both sides prepare to escalate the political conflict. Groups will concentrate their activists around the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter and the nearby parliament building, ...

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