The unions have called for the suspension of Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President Oriol Junqueras and the Speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell due to their roles in organising the vote on October 1 which was deemed to be illegal by the central government in Madrid.
They have also called on Catalonia’s High Court of Justice to impeach the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau over her role in the referendum as well as the head of the regional police force (Mossos) Josep Lluís Trapero, and the heads of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart.
The letter, signed by the Unified Police Union, which includes the Spanish Police Confederation, the Professional Police Union, the Federal Police Union and the Police Trade Union Alternative, asks the court to suspend their powers to avoid "the risk of an irreversible social conflict”.
Carme Forcadell (L) Carles Puigdemont (C) and Oriol Junqueras
The letter urges the court to “take all necessary action” – including the “deprivation of liberty” – against what it sees as a “rebellious attitude”.
The police unions also call for a “move from words to deeds” and add that the country’s security forces have “an obligation to collaborate and assist the Justice”.
Meanwhile, the ANC has called for the lifting of suspension of the Declaration of Independence and the implementation of the post-independence transitional law to be implemented.
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The ANC president Jordi Sànchez said in a statement: "The secretariat of the Catalan National Assembly in a special meeting held today, October 12th, has agreed on making public its position on the current political situation.
“In view of the Spanish state's negative response to any proposal for dialogue, there is no longer any sense in maintaining the suspension of the Declaration of Independence. Because of this we urge the Catalan parliament to lift the suspension, and the president and government to implement the law for legal transition and foundation of the Catalan republic".
In response, Madrid’s representative in Catalonia Enric Millo accused the far-left CUP as well as the ANC and Òmnium Cultural of pressurising Mr Puigdemont into lifting the suspension of the declaration of independence.
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Mr Millo said: "Who wants Catalunya to apply Article 155? They are the ones who press Puigdemont to activate the unilateral declaration of independence. The CUP, ANC and Òmnium are the only ones who want the application of 155. The rest, nobody wants it.”
He added: "I hold the hope that Puigdemont will reflect and see in this open door the dialogue that is offered from the Government as a possibility to redirect things.”
Spainish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has set a deadline of Monday for Mr Puigdemont to clarify whether or not he declared independence last week.
Should Mr Puigdemont state independence was declared it is likely that Mr Rajoy will trigger Article 155 of the constitution, meaning Catalonia’s regional powers would be suspended and the north east region subject to direct control of Madrid.
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