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
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.