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Spain Moves To Strip Catalonia’s Autonomy After Secession Showdown

Catalan informal President Carles Puigdemont addresses a media after a rite commemorating a 77th anniversary of a genocide of Catalan personality Lluis Companys during a Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.

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Catalan informal President Carles Puigdemont addresses a media after a rite commemorating a 77th anniversary of a genocide of Catalan personality Lluis Companys during a Montjuic Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.

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Updated during 5:15 a.m. ET

Spain was scheming to levy approach order over semi-autonomous Catalonia after a region’s personality Carles Puigdemont declined to definitely forgo an autonomy referendum, a primary minister’s bureau announced Thursday.

Catalan Leader Triggers Showdown With Spain Over Independence

Spain’s supervision pronounced it would reason a special Cabinet assembly and “approve a measures that will be sent to a Senate to strengthen a ubiquitous seductiveness of all Spaniards.”

At a Cabinet meeting, a supervision would plead Article 155 of Spain’s structure permitting it to frame Catalonia of a self-governance. That would take outcome on Saturday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s bureau pronounced in a statement.

Madrid had given Puigdemont a 10 a.m. (4 a.m. ET) deadline to explain his government’s position on a non-binding stipulation of autonomy upheld by a informal legislature following a successful referendum on secession.

But a Catalan personality insisted on gripping his options open, though that wasn’t good adequate for Spain’s government, that had insisted on an evident “no.”

“If a [Madrid] supervision continues to block discourse and continues with a repression, a Catalan council could proceed, if it is deliberate opportune, to opinion on a grave stipulation of independence,” Puigdemont pronounced in a minute to Rajoy.

In Spain, Confusion And Uncertainty About Catalonia's Future

Catalonia, that includes a city of Barcelona and is one of Spain’s wealthiest and many culturally graphic regions, voted overwhelmingly on Oct. 1 to mutiny from Spain. Puigdemont afterwards announced autonomy though dangling it in scarcely a same exhale while job for talks with Madrid. Catalan lawmakers also upheld articles of secession.

The referendum went 90 percent in preference of independence, though with usually about half of purebred electorate branch out. Massive travel protests in preference of togetherness came a week after a vote.

Thursday’s deadline from a Spanish supervision came after a identical one on Tuesday in that Puigdemont was to have given an evident “yes” or “no” to a doubt of Catalan independence. Instead, he demurred, observant usually that he wanted to pursue some-more discourse with Madrid.

His deceptive response hurt Spanish officials, with Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría banishment back, observant “it wasn’t really formidable to contend approbation or no. That was a doubt that was asked and a response shouldn’t be complicated.”

Ahead of a latest deadline, Rajoy on Wednesday urged Catalonia’s leaders to “act sensibly” and forgo a declaration.