The Spanish government says it’s not asking President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to intervene in Catalonia, and she’s not backing down.
The Spanish government on Friday said it was not asking the president to intervene because there are no direct threats from the separatist Catalan region.
But, in a tweet that also urged caution, the government also accused Catalan leaders of using the issue as an excuse to advance their political agenda.
President Cristina Kirchners response to threats is to call on everyone in Catalonia to respect the constitutional order and to respect and protect the rights of the Catalan people.
We are not asking to intervene.
We are asking for the people to respect our constitutional order.
The Catalan president has repeatedly condemned Spain’s use of force against the separatist region of 1.1 million people.
The government also said that its own citizens, who are not Catalan citizens, were being targeted in Spanish police raids.
The Madrid government on Thursday accused Catalonia of “anti-democratic acts” and said it would make the region pay for “anti [anti-Semitic] graffiti and intimidation.”
The Spanish authorities have repeatedly accused the Catalan government of “sabotaging” public services, including public transportation and health care.
They’ve also accused the region of using illegal measures to block traffic and prevent Catalan people from voting.
Spain’s central government said on Thursday that the government would step up security measures across the country, including measures to prevent illegal demonstrations, including by closing down businesses and limiting the use of social media.
The country’s constitutional court ruled that a declaration by the Catalan parliament declaring independence in the country’s south would be valid, but Spain’s government has said it will use force to enforce that result.
The Constitutional Court said on Friday that the declaration would not be legally binding, and would be enforced only by force if the Catalan authorities fail to respect Spain’s constitutional order or use force against citizens of the region.