Span­ish PM says vote will end ‘havoc’ in Cat­alo­nia

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BARCELONA – Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy has said re­gional elec­tions next month in Cat­alo­nia will help end “sep­a­ratist havoc” in the north-east­ern re­gion.

He ad­dressed a cam­paign event on his first visit there since im­pos­ing di­rect rule on the re­gion a fort­night ago. De­fend­ing his de­ci­sion in Barcelona, he said he had “ex­hausted all roads” af­ter the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment’s uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence last month.

Sev­eral key Cata­lan lead­ers are cur­rently be­ing de­tained over the move.

Some 750 000 peo­ple protested in Barcelona on Satur­day against the ar­rests, lo­cal po­lice es­ti­mated.

The cri­sis was sparked by a dis­puted ref­er­en­dum held in Cat­alo­nia in Oc­to­ber, which had been de­clared il­le­gal by the Span­ish courts. (BBC)

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