Pressure rises in Catalonia within a few hours of the deadline given by Madrid to the president of the Catalan executive Carles Puigdemont to clarify his position. The Spanish government gave him until 10am on Monday to say whether or not he declared the independence of the region. In case of confirmation or evasive reply, the head of the government Mariano Rajoy will leave him last delay until Thursday morning to reverse before taking control of Catalonia under article 155 of the Constitution. On Sunday, both sides were strongly mobilized.
A few hours from the end of the ultimatum launched by Madrid, Carles Puigdemont has left the suspense. This Sunday, he explained that his decision would be dictated by his commitment to good citizenship, but also to firmness. He appealed calmly, asking his fellow citizens to ” commit themselves clearly against violence “.
CUP, the party of the radical left, demands that the leader keep the promise of the yes. And if this were not the case, the referendum defense committees that have organized throughout the region are ready to go down the street. On the other hand, the Minister of the Interior said it was not too late to rectify the situation.
If Carles Puigdemont renounces his independence, he loses the support of the CUP, which gives him the majority in Parliament. If he confirms it, it will lead to an uncertain outcome. The risks are heavy: prosecution of separatist leaders, capital, and corporate flight, de facto exclusion from the European Union, violent clashes in the streets …
But the uncertainty could last, as the government of Mariano Rajoy has set a new ultimatum next Thursday to backtrack. If not, he will take over Catalonia under Article 155 of the Constitution.