Spain’s King slams Catalan leaders for divisive agenda

Oct 04, 2017, 5:21 AM EDT
Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont
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Following a referendum for Catalonia’s secession from Spain, King Felipe VI, in a rare political intervention, denounced the region’s leaders for pushing a divisive agenda, even as thousands of Catalans took to streets in protest against police crackdown on voters.

The Spanish monarch accused Catalan authorities of shattering democratic principles and jeopardizing Spain’s unity by carrying out a referendum “outside the law,” notes the Guardian.

Separately, Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont claimed that the region might declare independence from Spain “in a matter of days,” writes the BBC. The King’s strongly worded remarks echoed only the government’s perspective while leaving out any appeal for dialogue or touching Catalans’ concerns.