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The Spanish government invited Carles Puigdemont to speak to the Spanish Senate but with article 155 declared, what's the point? Puigdemont snubbed the Senate having come to that conclusion.

No Option

We have now reached the crisis point as expected. 'You've Left Us No Option' said Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan vice president.

“We understand that the Spanish government is giving us no other option than to defend the civil rights and citizens’ rights through the best tools that our institutions have,” said Junqueras.

It comes after the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont snubbed the Senate's invitation to defend his region's actions in calling an independence referendum and instead opted to attend an emergency meeting of the Catalan parliament.

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The Catalan government remained tight-lipped over what the agenda would be for the meeting, but it is widely expected to debate the official response to Madrid's imposition of Article 155 of Spain's constitution as well as the likelihood of formally declaring independence from the rest of the Iberian country.

People Have Spoken

Despite media reports to the contrary, an outright majority of Catalans want independence. For details and my math, please see Dear Spain, Mainstream Media: A Majority of Catalans Want Independence (Stop Saying Otherwise) .

If the Catalan parliament refuses to stand down as mandated by article 155, how will Spain respond?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock