Jay Emeny

Jay Emeny

SPAIN’S central government has called for Cataluña to confirm whether or not they have declared independence before proceeding with the activation of Article 155.

The controversial article would give Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy the powers to “adopt the necessary measures to force” an Autonomous Community to comply with the law and their obligations.

In his speech Rajoy said he is giving Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont the chance to “answer the calls from so many to return to legality.”

He also accused Puigdemont of creating “deliberate confusion” and said he wanted to restore “certainty.”

Many in Cataluña fear the central government will take full control of the region using Article 155 although its activation does not necessarily mean so. 

CATALAN president Carles Puigdemont declared independence but then immediately suspended their claim.

During his speech he said, “Cataluña will follow the result of the referendum,” but called for dialogue with the central government.

The suspension could go on for weeks and, according to reports, a spokesperson in Madrid has already rejected Cataluña's "tacit" declaration.

Puigdemont also claimed that some 700,000 votes were lost as police closed down voting stations.

The police’s aim was to “cause panic and fear, to stop people from voting.”

“We must remember, and condemn the violent images seen during the referendum", he added.

Puigdemont's decision has angered both members of the independence parties, for not enacting the result of the referendum as promised, and anti-independence parties as they claim he has already "divided Cataluña" with his actions.

Major banks and businesses such as Sabadell have already left the region as conflict between the central government and Cataluña continues to damage the economy.

OFFICIALS have issued a warning after a number of thefts were reported in Malaga Airport.

Travellers have been reminded to keep an eye on their belongings at all times, as some claimed they were pickpocketed after going through security checkpoints.

With a busy Christmas season expected, officials hope the warning will prompt passengers to remain vigilant.

SPAIN could guarantee their spot in the World Cup in Russia this evening (Friday) as they take on third placed Albania.

The 2010 World Champions head into their final two qualifiers top of Group G and will qualify if second placed Italy, who are three points adrift, fail to match or better their result.

La Roja are unbeaten in their World Cup Qualifying Group, having only dropped points in a 1-1 draw with Italy last year, but will face stern opposition in tonight's opponents.

The Albanians have not lost in their last three World Cup Qualifiers, including a 3-0 win over Israel, and will be buoyed by the news that in-form Alvaro Morata will play no part.

The Chelsea striker withdrew from the squad earlier this week with a hamstring injury and joins Real Madrid´s Dani Carvajal and Barcelona´s Andres Iniesta on the absentee list.

Kick off is at 8:45pm. 

THE now famous alligator gar fish found in Marbella managed to elude capture this morning (Friday).

Council workers attempted to trap the fish three times before eventually giving up and scheduling another attempt on Monday.

They had come close to capturing it twice, but the gar managed to bite through the nets being used.

The plan was to transfer it from the La Represa Park to Fuengirola Bioparc.

THE Spanish army has been deployed to Cataluña to provide logistical support to Guardia Civil and National Police officers.

 The 41st Logistical Support Group sent 20 lorries to Barcelona a few hours before the King of Spain gave a speech.

The convoy was taking supplies and equipment to furnish a military base in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, with showers, kitchens, lockers and cleaning equipment according to reports from the Defence Ministry.

The preparations come after National Police and Guardia Civil officers were being forced to leave the hotels they were staying at.

A police source has told the Euro Weekly News that the army has been “close since the beginning.

“The military are being deployed to nearby army bases in order to reduce the amount of time it takes to mobilise into Cataluña.”

The source also said security forces had been ordered to “carry firearms inside their vehicles alongside their riot gear.”

CATALUÑA'S President Carles Puigedemont has again said that independence will be declared in “a matter of days.”

Speaking to the BBC, he insisted that his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next” and that he wanted a “new understanding” with the Spanish government.

It comes as Spain’s King Felipe last night addressed the nation in a speech where he condemned the referendum, branding it “illegal” and “undemocratic.”

Puigdemont has stated that if the Spanish government tried to intervene and take control of Catalonia´s government that it would be “an error which changes everything.”

The Catalonian president also said there was currently no contact between the government in Madrid and his devolved administration whilst disagreeing with the European Commission's statement that events in Catalonia were an internal issue for Spain.

More than 2.2 million people reportedly voted with the Catalan government claiming the vote in support of independence was nearly 90 per cent.

Official results have not yet been released but the turnout was estimated at just 42 per cent, a figure which could potentially weaken the position of Puigdemont.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said the vote made “a mockery of democracy.”

Rajoy has held talks with Pedro Sanchez, leader of Spain's Socialist party, and Albert Rivera, the head of the Ciudadanos party.

Sanchez urged Rajoy to hold talks with the Catalan president immediately but Rivera said Spain should invoke article 155 of the constitution which would effectively suspend Catalonia's autonomous powers.

FIVE police officers have been sentenced to four years in prison over the death of a man in Costa Blanca.

They admitted in a plea-bargain that they took Diego Perez against his will to a secluded bay in Cartagena and did nothing to avoid his death.

The events can be traced back to March 11 2014, where the deceased called the National Police after receiving death threats from his neighbours for stealing their bicycle. Two weeks later his body was found floating in the Cala Cortina bar some four kilometres away from his home.

Initial investigations focused on his neighbours, however a witness – who had to be placed into protective custody – came forward and said they saw three police cars show up at Diego’s house and whilst hitting him, forced him into one of the vehicles.

Traffic cameras traced their journey to the beach and when arrested in October the same year, all six officers claimed that although they ignored police protocol, they had not forced the victim to come with them, and once they arrived at their destination he ran away, and they presumed he had drowned when he was found dead.

An autopsy revealed however that Diego had died before ending up in the sea and had multiple head traumas and several broken vertebrae.

Originally, the officers faced up to 24 years in prison for murder and unlawful arrest however in court it was agreed that they had taken the victim to the beach against his will but they did not kill him.

They were sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and a further two years for unlawful arrest. One of the officers died in custody of pancreatitis before the trial.

A VIDEO of two men who were so drunk they were unable to cross a road in Benidorm has gone viral.

The pair were spotted by other holidaymakers stumbling down a road, appearing to be holding hands in order to stay upright.

However the men were foiled by a zebra crossing, and began to sway from side to side. Eventually one of the pair had to rest on a nearby step.

At this point, Scottish holidaymaker Rab Paget crossed the road and offered them some water.

He told news outlets that: “It was really funny, I have never seen anyone that drunk at 1pm in the afternoon before.

“One of them told me that his wife didn’t even know he was in Benidorm and he had been there for three days already.”

The two men had reportedly been out all night drinking after watching a football match, and no taxi was willing to take them back to their hotel in their drunken state.

“Benidorm is the place to go for a bit of sun and a beer. I think these two definitely made the most of that,” Rab said.

A HAILSTORM brought a Spanish town to a complete standstill and trapping many in their cars.

The short but intense storm caught drivers by surprise, with footage showing a man stuck in his car, who had to be rescued by emergency services. Three firefighters and the rescued man had to be treated for hypothermia but recovered fully.

Many others had to be freed from their vehicles in the San Julian area of Teruel (Aragon)and snowploughs were working hard to restore normality.

Footage of the downpours soon went viral on social media.

SNOWY SQUARE

A square covered in sleet after the downpour ©@EnjoyAragon/Twitter

WATERFALL

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