'Spain's government seeks rebellion and sedition charges against Catalonia's leaders'
Molly Hennessy-Fiske - Los Angeles Times - October 30, 2017
Catalonia’s ousted president has traveled to Brussels and been offered asylum, Spanish authorities said Monday soon after indicating that prosecutors were filing charges against him and other regional leaders related to their declaration of independence last week.
Spanish prosecutors in Madrid said they were asking judges for rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges against Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and others who were dismissed by Spain’s central government.
Puigdemont and a majority of Catalonia’s parliament declared independence Friday, but the Spanish government then fired them under a special constitutional provision and called new regional elections Dec. 21.
The attorney general, José Manuel Maza, did not order their immediate arrest, saying he wanted to urgently prosecute the 20 politicians and ordering them to appear in court in Madrid in coming days.
Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, Puigdemont's attorney, told Antena 3 television that the attorney general’s claim that his client was guilty of rebellion was “real nonsense.”
Puigdemont did not immediately comment. A spokeswoman for his party, Marta Pascal, said she could not confirm whether he would appear in court to face charges. “I’ve talked with him, and he’s fine,” she said at a news conference.
The Madrid government had warned members of the Catalan cabinet that they could remove belongings from their offices Monday but if they tried to perform official duties, they would face charges.
'Spain on the Brink: Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont 'refuses to be fired' and vows to fight Madrid direct rule'
Spain remains on a knife-edge as tensions between both sides continue to grow, with brawls already having broken out in Barcelona last night
By Brittany Vonow, Mark Hodge, and Jennifer Awford - 'The Sun' (UK) - October 29, 2017
CATALAN'S deposed leader has seemingly refused to concede he had been sacked as he called for calm in Spain as the country teeters on the brink of its worst political crisis in four decades.
As the Spanish government held its first meeting to discuss their new roles since imposing direct rule over Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont instead promised to continue to build a "free country", and called for "democratic opposition" to Madrid.
In the pre-recorded, televised message, Puigdemont urged people to continue pushing for independence, saying: "We do not deviate: we continue persevering in the only attitude that can make us winners.
"Without violence, without insults, in an inclusive way, respecting people and symbols, opinions, and also respecting the protests of the Catalans who do not agree with what has decided the parliamentary majority."
As pro-unity protesters crowds took to the streets on Saturday, screaming "prison for Puigdemont", the leader said "patience, perseverance and perspective" was needed.
It comes after fears that the country could further descend into violence have surfaced after the Prime Minister ordered fresh elections and fired Catalonia's hero police chief who led its response to the Barcelona ISIS terror attack.
Catalonia officials have also been stripped of their powers across civil service, finances and public media, with all eyes on whether independence supporters will carry out their threat of peaceful resistance to Madrid's takeover.
Fights erupted on the streets of Barcelona last night as both sides of the argument took to the streets and further protests were held in Madrid today amid fears local police could resist the national force.
Obviously the Spanish government does not recognize the Catalonians as any sort of distinct and unique people, language, and culture. After decades of being prepped by Globalist interests, there's no turning back as far as that governmental apparatus... and all of the others for that matter. The Spanish government is really no worse than the Italian government, or Britain, France, Germany, etc. They believe that Catalonia is merely an "administrative zone," and that a Catalonian has no more right to it than a Yemeni migrant. Spain is like Shawshank Prison; the Spanish government is like Warden Norton; Catalonia is like Andy Dufresne. "How dare you leave us and take away all of your energy and talent! We need the wealth that you generate in order to survive!" Pitiful. There is at least some slim degree of mainstream support for Catalonia; from Scotland, Portugal to a smaller extent.