Oct. 27, 2017, will probably be a date ceaselessly marked in Spain’s historical past books.
Tensions between the governments of Spain and the semi-autonomous area of Catalonia reached a tipping level on Friday, as Catalan lawmakers ended weeks of political wrangling via declaring the region’s independence in a symbolic vote.
Out of doors the regional parliament, greater than 2,000 folks shouted “Liberty!” and sang conventional songs because the vote proceeded, Reuters reports. Hundreds of independence supporters accrued on streets and squares all the way through Catalonia to have a good time the verdict.
However because the scenes of jubilation spread out, the backlash to the defiant determination started.
Not up to an hour after the declaration of independence, Spain’s parliament voted to strip Catalonia of its autonomy and impose direct rule. Top Minister Mariano Rajoy introduced that the Spanish Cupboard had made up our minds to push aside the Catalan executive, hearth the Catalan police leader and grasp new elections in Catalonia on Dec. 21.
One after some other, governments throughout Europe, in addition to the U.S. State Division, got here out in strengthen of the Spanish executive’s efforts to stay the rustic united.
In the meantime, Spain’s Constitutional Courtroom mentioned it has began the method of reviewing the independence declaration. Because the court docket is nearly sure to rule the transfer unlawful, Catalonia has unsure instances forward.