Catalonia Parliament has been dissolved by the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after the 135 member Catalonia parliament declared independence with 70-10 votes. Terming it as a bad day for the democracy, Prime Minister of Spain has dismissed the parliament has called for fresh regional elections on 21st December. This has been termed as the fresh attempt to bring back the normalcy to the streets of Barcelona and other cities of Catalonia.
The Article 155 was approved by the Senate, the upper house of Spain and gave all powers to the Prime Minister to dissolve the Parliament. The one-month longstanding standoff between the two governments has finally come to an end with more uncertainty and chaos. The prosecuting authority of Spain has announced that the removed leader Carles Puigdemont will be charged with the rebellion crime which is punishable by 30 years of imprisonment.
However, the pro-independence leaders and the supporters are ready. Thousands of supporters came to the street of Barcelona to welcome the decision of independence of Catalonia and have shown the strength to stand by the decision. Even though the government has lost all its legal powers in Catalonia, but they have got the support of the people and that can be difficult to deal with for the Madrid government.
In other recent developments, the European Union and the United States have thrown their weights with Spain and has expressed serious concerns over the independence declaration. This is the first time Spain is facing such serious separatism issue in 40 years of democratic rule.
Catalonia has almost 16% of Spain’s population and accounts for one-fifth of the economy of Spain. This semi-autonomous region is also the most tourist-friendly region of Spain. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and it is known for Football.
The security measurements have been tightened and emergency measurements can also be taken by the Madrid Government depending on the situation.