The Daily Mail has a very detailed article BREAKING NEWS: Catalonia’s president flees to Brussels after Belgium offered him asylum as Spain issues him with €6 MILLION bail and announces plan to charge senior officials with sedition and rebellion, describing the entire Catalonia situation.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the declaration of independence had been caused by the ‘appalling behaviour’ of the Spanish Government who had pushed Catalonia ‘too far’.
He added: ‘This is going to turn into the EU’s most undesired nightmare.’
A near worst case scenario is now in play. Carles Puigdemont has fled to Brussels.
Prime Minister Rajoy tweeted after the vote, “I ask all Spaniards to remain calm. The rule of law will restore legality in Catalonia.”
The Spanish central government has scheduled elections in December. If and when those occur, the current odds are that the separatists will lose their majority. Who thinks that the separatists will do everything they can to create an incident before then? The next few weeks are going to be a test for Rajoy. Can he keep things from getting very bloody between now and then?
In all honesty, the Spain’s central government is probably in the right. The problem is that they have handled the situation in the worst possible way, as far as appearances go. The separatists are playing the press brilliantly. While the separatists are poised to deliver misery and financial ruin, they have managed to keep all of the focus on the central government’s tone-deafness. Think about it, the separatists are not the majority, yet they are playing it as if they are. The majority, is doing stupid things like giving nazi-like salutes in marches. I hope that there are lots of troops deployed and that they keep their fingers off the triggers.
If I was Rajoy, I would be doing my best to find dirt on Carles Puigdemont and speaker Carme Forcadell. If they are clean, which I really doubt, I would see what I could do to create an environment that suggests a conflict of interest of some kind. Failing that, a car accident would be very useful. I would make sure the car was very expensive, drugs were found, and that bottles of alcohol were everywhere. My attitude is that if the central government can’t make themselves look good, why not make the separatists leaders look dirty?
This is fascinating to watch, but I would not want to be there.