In Catalonia, a ‘Coup d’État Masquerading as a Referendum’

Catalonia’s illegal independence referendum has thrown Spain into turmoil.

In light of the escalating tensions, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is now toying with the idea of invoking the never-before-used Article 155 of the Spanish constitution that would suspend Catalonia’s regional autonomy. With a view to taking such action, Rajoy on October 11 asked the region’s leaders whether they had formally declared independence from Spain.

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