Cata­lan lead­ers sowed the wind, Cata­lans reap­ing the whirl­wind

Af­ter the Span­ish gov­ern­ment trig­gered ar­ti­cle 155, cir­cu­lat­ing ru­mors say that se­ces­sion­ist lead­ers, in­clud­ing Puidge­mont him­self, could be im­mi­nently ar­rested

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - MEHMET SOLMAZ - BARCELONA

AF­TER the Span­ish cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Madrid dis­solved the Cata­lan par­lia­ment and de­tained two lead­ers of pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions sid­ing with Cat­alo­nia’s in­de­pen­dence, it is al­leged that Car­les Puigde­mont, the pres­i­dent of the Gov­ern­ment of Cat­alo­nia, might be ar­rested at any mo­ment. Sep­a­ratist politi­cians are be­wil­dered as the pop­u­lar sup­port for in­de­pen­dence is in de­cline fol­low­ing the chaotic ref­er­en­dum process, while thou­sands poured into the streets in Barcelona to give sup­port to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment of Madrid. Peo­ple ar­gue that the crowd of some 5,000 peo­ple who gath­ered dur­ing Cat­alo­nia’s uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence was out­num­bered by the crowds gath­er­ing for Barcelona Foot­ball Club’s games, which sees around 60,000 fans gather per game.

Con­TIn­ueD froM PaGe oneSPEAKING to Daily Sabah, a group of pro-in­de­pen­dence Cata­lans asked the politi­cians to act in ac­cor­dance with the poll re­sults. In­stead of an air of fes­tiv­ity, au­tumn si­lence is preva­lent in the streets of Barcelona.

Later on Sun­day, thou­sands of Spa­niards filled the streets of Barcelona and gath­ered at the fa­mous Gar­cia Av­enue, shout­ing in Span­ish: “Puigde­mont a pri­sion” (Puigde­mont to prison). NO DEMOC­RACY WITH MA­NIP­U­LA­TIONS

Say­ing that they feel they are part of Spain and Europe, Spa­niard pro­tester Carla Sanchez told Daily Sabah that the Cata­lan leader and his team do not care about the voice of peo­ple, adding that “ev­ery­one would vote in a le­git­i­mate poll any­way.” Claim­ing that many cast two or more votes, Sanchez said, “Even for­eign­ers with tem­po­rary IDs were made to cast votes in the ref­er­en­dum that is against the con­sti­tu­tion.” PUIGDE­MONT SHOULD BE IN JAIL

Join­ing the pro-Madrid protest with her friends, Maria Donatiu said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment had tried every op­tion to avoid a cri­sis in Cat­alo­nia, and “there­fore the state should not al­low Puigde­mont to ig­nore the law any­more and put him in jail, the only place where he de­serves to be.”

Daily Sabah’s Mehmet Solmaz speak­ing to Cata­lan sep­a­ratists.

Carla Sanchez (C) wav­ing Cata­lan flag dur­ing a pro-unity demon­stra­tion in Barcelona, Oct. 29.

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