Spain facing ANARCHY as thousands in Catalonia ‘ready to RESIST’ Rajoy’s rule

Sunday, October 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

CATALAN separatists are planning a campaign of civil disobedience after Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy outlined hardhitting plans for direct rule in the crisis-torn region.

By SIMON OSBORNE
Express.co.uk
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

Pro-independence supporters are enraged at the imminent loss of regional power and have planned major demonstration in Barcelona tonight “to defend rights and freedoms.”

All of the top separatist leaders – who will be removed from officer under Mr Rajoy’s crackdown – as well as Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, viewed as a non-aligned moderate, will attend the rally.

Controversial Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to make a formal response to the government’s measures in a speech later this evening.

The backlash prompted a warning from Spain’s attorney general that any attempt by the regional premier to declare Catalan independence would be treated as “rebellion” which carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

But Marti Estruch of Catalonia’s public diplomacy council said the threats would be ignored.

He said: “There are thousands of us ready to resist. They cannot put us all in prison.”

Fellow activists vowed that “walls of people” would prevent Spain from occupying Catalan institutions.

Pepe Beunza, who was jailed under Franco’s dictatorship, said he has been conducting “passive resistance training” in preparation for the takeover but he fears the conflict could turn violent.

He warned: “Violence is a trap into which we cannot afford to fall.”

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