"As president, I demand the Spanish government and those who support it... restore all they have expropriated from the Catalans without their say-so," Puigdemont said.
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Catalonia said it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region in a dispute of possible unrest.
Islam will be taught as part of Spanish schools’ official curriculum beginning the 2018 academic year, Levante newspaper reported.
The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) to hold regional elections in January in Catalonia.
The Spanish gov't has described Puigdemont’s parliamentary statement, as “blackmail broadcast live to the state” and rejected the “tacit” independence declaration.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Wednesday he was in favor of mediation to find a way out of the Catalan crisis, amid Spanish government's refusal.
The Spanish government said on Friday it had passed measures to increase control over Catalan finances ahead of independence vote.
The Spanish government is to hold an emergency meeting Thursday after Catalonia's regional authority voted to push ahead with an independence referendum on October 1.