Puigdemont Prepares to Speak Before Parliament

  Protesters during the national day of Catalonia, Sept. 11th, 2017. Photocredit: Albert Han

Protesters during the national day of Catalonia, Sept. 11th, 2017. Photocredit: Albert Han

Warnings and Support as the president of the Generalitat prepares to declare the results of the Oct. 1st referendum before the Catalan Parliament tomorrow. 

As regional president Carles Puigdemont prepares to declare the results of the October 1st referendum before the Catalan Parliament tomorrow, central authorities in Madrid emphasised the possible consequences of any declaration of independence. Pablo Casado, spokesperson of the Partido Popular (PP), said today that the Spanish government will take all measures to prevent independence, adding that “do not let history repeat itself, because they [the members of the Catalan government] will end like Lluís Campanys”. The statement was interpreted as a reference to the former Catalan president, who was arrested and imprisoned for declaring an independent republic in 1934.

It remains unclear if independence will be declared tomorrow. Leaders of the independence movement are divided over the details and effects of a possible declaration, which have already caused several major banks to move its headquarters. Nonetheless, the pro-separatist organization National Assembly of Catalonia has called for a demonstration in support of independence in front of the Parliament building tomorrow at 6 pm, at which time the session will begin.