‘We can’t recognize the coup d’état against Catalonia,’ vice president Junqueras says
CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Economy minister writes in an article that ‘the president of the country is and will be Carles Puigdemont’
Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan vice president and minister of Economy, rejected on Sunday the measures against Catalonia’s self-rule imposed by Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet this weekend. Junqueras, who was dismissed on Saturday under Spanish law, wrote in an article in El Punt Avuinewspaper that Puigdemont’s cabinet “can’t recognize the coup d’état against Catalonia and any of the antidemocratic decisions that the People’s Party is taking, through remote control from Madrid.” He added that “the president of the country is and will be Carles Puigdemont.”
Besides, he called for a “common” strategy of all the parties and movements rejecting Rajoy’s measures, as the leader of far-left Podemos in Catalonia also demanded. Junqueras did not disclose whether he thinks pro-independence parties should take part in the snap election of December 21 in Catalonia imposed by Mariano Rajoy.
Junqueras does not rule out elections ‘to validate the Republic’
However, he hinted the possibility of voting in order to ratify the declared Republic. Junqueras suggested “gathering forces, sharing concerns and joy, fails and hopes, knowing to face blows in order to raise again, without rejecting the ballot boxes in order to validate the Republic.”
‘The only coups are the blows to the face of citizens who wanted to vote on October 1,’ says Junqueras
Puigdemont’s vice president also expressed outrage at his government being accused of making a coup d’état by parties such as Ciudadanos. “The only coups are the blows to the face of citizens who wanted to vote (on October 1) or from far-right groups, who have attacked citizens only because of their ideas,” he claimed. “Today it is those political parties closer to Francoism the ones who have stood up as interpreters and guarantors of the Spanish Constitution,” he added.