Catalonia towards losing autonomy

He is today the final ultimatum of Madrid for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.

If by 10:00 am it does not give up on the effort for independence, Spain will suspend the region's riches of extended autonomy that it enjoys so far. If it challenges the central government's calls and despite its will of the Constitutional Court's decision, Puigdemon decides to finally announce independence, the activation of Article 155 seems unavoidable.

But the fear is bigger than Madrid's intervention to establish direct control over Catalonia could lead to rioting in the region, transmeton tch. The article in question, part of the 1978 Constitution that cemented democratic rule in the country after the death of dictator Franko, has never been activated before.

Before the expiration of the deadline there were massive protests over the arrest of two leaders of the separatist movement in Catalonia. For Puigdemont, this is the second and last warning.

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