Spain Charges Catalonia Leaders With Rebellion

The New York Times reports:

The Spanish attorney general said on Monday that Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan leader, and other top regional officials would be prosecuted for rebellion after illegally declaring independence from Spain.

The attorney general, José Manuel Maza, stopped short of ordering the immediate arrest of Mr. Puigdemont and other separatist leaders in Catalonia, instead ordering them to appear in court in Madrid in the coming days.

In a major escalation of Spain’s territorial conflict, the central government has taken charge of the region’s administration, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy invoking emergency constitutional powers to stifle the secessionist push in Catalonia.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Well, that’ll work out just fine…

    Everyone puts fires out by dumping gasoline on them.

  • Spain has also ordered new regional elections for December for Catalonia.

  • Harveyrabbit
  • greenmanTN

    Swear to god it’s like they wake up and ask themselves “How can we fuck this up worse than we already have?”

    Are they calling Trump for advice?!

    • “We’ll have the most screw-ups, the very best! You’ll get tired of how much we screw everything up!”

    • (((GC)))

      They are making a stronger and stronger case for independence… which may or may not happen peacefully.

  • justmeeeee

    Nothing like a good pissing match to make a prime minister lose his marbles.

  • Mike in NC

    Cue the Spanish Inquisition jokes in 3,2,1…

  • Halou

    It says that Madrid has ‘taken charge’ of the region. I’m wondering how that is done in a practical sense, since the region’s political administration overall is non-compliant. It isn’t just the leadership. Or is it just a fanciful declaration of intent by Madrid?

    • Natty Enquirer

      I doubt the entire bureaucracy of Catalonia is in rebellion. The populace is certainly divided. Madrid is loathe to send in armed forces but I believe they will do it as a last resort.

    • Bison Burgher

      Practical measures include sacking (demoting, really) the head of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the “state police” force of Catalonia — and that’s game over for any rowdy demonstrations. This afternoon, every member of Parlament was told to clean out their desks and the Mossos escorted them out of the building.

      All Catalan overseas missions (“embassies”) have been closed, effective immediately.

      TV3 and Catalunya Radio are now under new management, as well as the departments of education, culture, and transportation.

      Most importantly, Madrid has all the money (but this isn’t anything new) and could quickly bring the entire region to its knees without firing a shot, simply by cutting of the flow of euros for everything from the regional train systems to pension payments.

  • Lars Littlefield

    If I heard correctly, FC Barcelona (Barca)won against Real Madrid yesterday. That’s positive news. Right?

    • Do Something Nice

      No, it is Girona who beat Real Madrid. While the city and “county” of Barcelona have been clearly against independence, the cities and rural areas in the north of Catalonia are clearly supporting independence, and this includes Girona.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Girona is OK. But it would have been great if Barca had their shit together. But then, I’m the type who always roots for Mexico’s national team. If Mexico could win just once against, Brazil or Vasquez de Goma, River Plate, Boca Juniors, etc., it would be a wonderful moment for Mexico.

    • Little Girona who is at the bottom of La Liga (the Spanish First Division) beat mighty Real Madrid. It was a huge upset, one of the biggest ever in European Soccer History. They have never played in Girona before. Carles Puigdemont was Mayor of Girona before he became President of Catalonia. Girona is a small but very historic city north of Barcelona. It is a very David vs. Goliath victory.

  • vtdave

    Is Franco now not dead?