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Catalan Clock Ticks as Puigdemont Pressured by Separatist Allies

  • CUP, Catalan National Assembly demand declaration of secession
  • Deadline nears for Puigdemont to respond to Rajoy’s ultimatum
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Catalans Asked to Clarify Spain Independence Stance

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Secessionist allies piled pressure on Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to formally declare independence from Spain as a deadline looms for him to clarify his stance or face being stripped of his powers by the central government in Madrid.

CUP, a radical party that’s part of Puigdemont’s pro-independence coalition in the Catalan parliament, published a letter on Friday saying that the only way to protect democracy and civil rights would be to proclaim a republic. The Catalan National Assembly, a separatist civic group that organizes street protests, also called on him to go ahead with a declaration of independence.