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“Not like this” – Catalan leader criticises Spain’s King, backs mediation with Madrid

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Published: 11:58 GMT, Oct 5, 2017 |
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Carles Puigdemont

Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont repeated on Wednesday (October 4) his call for mediation with the Spanish government in order to reach a conclusion in the Catalan crisis, during a televised speech aired by broadcasters across the nation.

The Catalan leader began his call for mediation on Monday (October 2) after saying he had had no contact with the Spanish central government, a day after the independence referendum and called on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to say whether he was in favour of mediation in talks to be overseen by the European Union.

Puigdemont accused Spain’s King Felipe VI of echoing Rajoy’s politics, which he described as “catastrophic for the Catalan people” and in a televised address on Tuesday (October 3), King Felipe accused Catalan secessionist leaders of shattering democratic principles and dividingCatalan society, as thousands took to the streets across Catalonia to protest against a violent police crackdown against the vote.

But speaking Spanish, a language not commonly used by the Catalan leader, he addressed the King directly: “Not like this”, adding that the Spanish royal would lose the support of many Catalanpeople who accepted him.

The Catalan parliament is expected to unilaterally declare independence from Spain next Monday (October 9) after a referendum that the Spanish government and courts have declared illegal.

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