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Spanish PM won't rule out suspending Catalonia's autonomy

Monday, 09 October 2017 12:05
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Madrid, October 8: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has refused to rule out suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy unless its leaders withdraw a threatened declaration of independence as tens of thousands rallied for national unity.

"I don't rule out anything," Rajoy said in an interview with the daily newspaper El Pais published Sunday when asked about applying the constitutional provision that allows the suspension of autonomy and the imposition of direct rule from Madrid.

"But I must do things at the proper time... I would like the threat of an independence declaration to be withdrawn as quickly as possible."

Seeking to reassure Spaniards, he added: "The government will ensure that any declaration of independence will lead to nothing."He also urged moderate Catalan nationalists to distance themselves from the "radicals" in the separatist camp who are pushing hardest for an independence move.

He spoke after tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied across Spain on Saturday calling for Spanish unity and demanding action to resolve the volatile political crisis.

Protesters dressed in white gathered in front of town halls in dozens of cities to demand dialogue to end the crisis in demonstrations organised by a group called "Let's Talk". (AFP)


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