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Madrid prepares for major rally against Catalan-Spanish dialogue

President Pedro Sánchez under pressure as opposition slams at his proposal for an observer in Catalan parties’ meetings

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07 February 2019 04:35 PM

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ACN | Madrid

Madrid is preparing for a major rally called by opposition parties to reject the Spanish government efforts to dialogue with Catalan pro-independence parties.

President Pedro Sánchez faces increased calls for resignation following an agreement with the Catalan government to have a non-partisan observer attend and coordinate meetings between political parties.

Pablo Casado, the opposition head and People’s Party (PP) leader, accused Sánchez of "high treason," and said "his surrender to the independence movement" is the most serious felony" since a failed coup d’état in 1981.     

PP officials announced on Thursday that the party will pay for the traveling expenses of demonstrators living in other Spanish regions.

Ciutadans (Cs) leader Albert Rivera said that his party will table motions against Catalan-Spanish talks in all of Spain's regional parliaments.

According to Rivera, the only possibility for Sánchez to preserve his "honor" is to leave his post and call a snap election.

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  • Demonstrators wave Spanish flags during a unionist rally in Barcelona (by Jordi Bataller)

  • Demonstrators wave Spanish flags during a unionist rally in Barcelona (by Jordi Bataller)