Rajoy urges 'silent majority' to help end 'the havoc of separatism'

Mariano Rajoy speaks in Barcelona. Mariano Rajoy speaks in Barcelona. Mariano Rajoy Brey/Twitter

SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said that next month's snap elections in Cataluña will help end "the havoc of separatism" in the troubled region.

His comments came during a first visit to Barcelona since his government imposed direct rule a fortnight ago.

Rajoy was in the Catalan capital on Sunday to address a campaign meeting and show support for his centre-right Popular Party ahead of the poll.

He said that he had "exhausted all roads" after the Catalan government led by Carles Puigdemont issued a unilateral declaration of independence at the end of October, and called on the “silent majority” to “convert their voice into a vote.”

“We will never let anyone break the ties that bind us," he added. “We must recover Cataluña from the havoc of separatism.”

The address followed a rally in protest at the jailing of eight former cabinet members and two activists which saw an estimated 750,000 people take to the streets of Barcelona on Saturday.

Earlier, ex-parliamentary speaker Carme Forcadell and five other former lawmakers were released on bail after being quizzed by a Supreme Court judge.

Sacked leader Carles Puigdemont remains in Belgium and must appear in a Belgian court on November 17 as a judge deliberates over a European Arrest Warrant issued in his name.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Do you send online Christmas cards?

Create Spain Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from Spain? Subscribe here.

Latest Tweets

Suspected police killer to be tried in Spain ahead of Italian extradition https://t.co/UDzoKlogv4 https://t.co/yuIXhTz5Db
Discovery of dead 'foreign' woman sparks manhunt in the Canary Islands https://t.co/z4qfAQfMgh https://t.co/Ba1dqzLAp4
Motorcyclist dies in crash on Malaga road https://t.co/OJxMJOassO https://t.co/G8ZIRzjykT
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

Police smash animal trafficking network in the Balearics

Icelandic airline to launch daily flights between Spain and UK

Spain's government challenges 'bloodless bullfighting' law

Spain celebrates glittering Michelin 2018 stars in restaurant awards

UK MP lashes Spain for having ‘a problem with democracy'

Weather alerts for whole of Spain as Storm Ana set to hit TODAY

Charter flights from UK airports to Gibraltar trialled next July

Kalashnikovs among huge weapons haul seized in Almeria

Liverpool football fans claim assaults by Spanish police and stewards in Sevilla