CATALONIAN separatists have been left no choice but to declare a republic, the region’s vice-president warned yesterday.
Vice-President Oriol Junqueras said that his party opposed calling a snap election to end the political deadlock as Catalans had already chosen independence in the October 1 referendum.
“The Spanish government is giving us no other option than to defend the civil rights and citizens’ rights through the best tools that our institutions have,” he warned.
Mr Junqueras said he could only speak on behalf of his party and not the regional government, with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont set to hold an emergency cabinet meeting as the Star went to press yesterday.
Spanish authorities plan to sack Mr Puigdemont’s government and impose direct rule on Catalonia branding the referendum result “illegal.”
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the government’s plan to take control of Catalonia and stop its push for independence were “exceptional” measures he hoped would not be needed for long.
Mr Rajoy told the Spanish Parliament that it was the “only possible” way to bring the region back in line with Spanish law which he said Catalan separatists continue to violate.