Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy - File Photo
MADRID - 21 October 2017: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's decision to fire Catalonia's government and force a new election is a "coup" and an "attack against democracy", the speaker of the Catalan parliament said on Saturday.
"Prime Minister Rajoy wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen," Carme Forcadell said in a televised speech.
"This is why we want to send to the citizens of this country a message of firmness and hope. We commit today, after the most serious attack against the Catalan institutions since they were restored, to the defence of the sovereignty of the parliament of Catalonia," she said.
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