Catalan Government Accuses Madrid of Illegal Aggression After Raids and Arrests

The president of the Catalan government accused the Spanish government of illegal aggression on September 20 following raids and arrests earlier in the day, saying Madrid had replaced Catalan self-governance with a de facto state of emergency.

Carles Puigdemont made his comments following an emergency meeting of the Catalan government.

In a written statement, Puigdemont said the Government of Catalonia had been “subjected to aggression coordinated by the police forces of the Ministry of the Interior of the Spanish Government,” according to a translation by Google of his remarks.

Earlier, Spanish police entered a number of offices of the Catalan government in Barcelona, prompting protests.

The police operations were reportedly measures taken in an attempt to halt the October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

Josep Maria Jové, the Secretary General of the Catalan Department of the Economy, was reportedly among at least 12 people arrested during the operations.

Jordi Sanchez, President of the Catalan National Assembly, called on people to take to the streets to protest peacefully, saying the time had come to protect Catalonia’s institutions. Credit: Govern Generalitat via Storyful