Spain’s economic upheaval created an uproar among Catalan citizens. According to Catalonia, Spain’s wealthiest region, the people received less than they paid to the national budget. The Spanish government is taking aggressive actions to prevent holding a poll for independence due next month.
In August, Catalan parliament passed a referendum law which would be valid from October 1. As per the referendum, Catalan residents would be able to vote for independence from Spain. Spain’s Constitutional Court had issued an order to suspend the plebiscite.
Protests occurred outside the Catalan economy ministry in the heart of Barcelona. Spanish police detained 14 Catalan officials involved in organizing a vote declared illegal by the Spain government.
Cristobal Monotoro, Spain’s Finance minister said, the national government would now set to take control of the Catalan region budget. The state would pay for essential public services rather than transfer money to Barcelona.
Post the emergency cabinet meeting, Carles Puigdemont, Catalan President accused the Madrid government of suspending the region’s autonomy and imposing a state of emergency.
Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s Prime Minister said, “The state was forced to act. There’s no democratic state in the world which would accept what the people are planning. I urge the Catalan President to comply with the law and reverse the decisions.”
Police raids were on in search for any documentation linked to the planned vote. They seized 45,000 documents with the Catalan government’s logo from a private delivery company in north-west of Barcelona.
On Friday, the Spanish finance minister issued an ultimatum to Catalan to call off the vote or have the funding for essential services in Catalan taken over by Madrid. On Tuesday, a letter was issued to Oriol Junqueras, the Vice President of Catalan, reminding him of the defaulted deadline.
In July, a survey by the Catalan government suggested 41% of voters supported independence while 49% of voters opposed.