PM ac­cuses Cata­lan leader of black­mail

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Span­ish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­i­ano Ra­joy on Mon­day ac­cused Cat­alo­nia’s pres­i­dent of black­mail­ing the state fol­low­ing news re­ports that the pow­er­ful north­east­ern re­gion has pre­pared a law to se­cede from Spain im­me­di­ately if it is not al­lowed hold an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum. Ra­joy said Car­les Puigde­mont’s al­leged plan was “in­tol­er­a­ble,” la­belling it the most se­ri­ous in­ci­dent he had seen in his ca­reer.

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