Spain snubs Catalonia over independence “blackmail”

Oct 05, 2017, 6:29 AM EDT
Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont
(Source: Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya/flickr)

The ongoing political crisis in Spain showed no signs of easing on Wednesday as the Madrid government snubbed Catalonia over its independence “blackmail” in the wake of a referendum last week, in which 90% voters are said to have backed the region’s secession from the E.U. nation.

A war of words on both sides was sparked after King Felipe VI made a rare televised speech and dismissed Catalan referendum as illegal and undemocratic, notes the BBC.

Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont hit back, accusing the Spanish monarch of "deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans." Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, said that the region will declare independence following a parliamentary session on Monday, writes Reuters.