Society should be able to have its say on king, says Catalan government
Madrid to take parliament motion urging abolishing of monarchy to court
The Catalan government responded to Madrid’s intention to take a parliamentary motion against the Spanish monarchy to court, arguing that society cannot be prevented from having its say on the monarchy.
“There must be mechanisms where society expresses its opinion on the Spanish royalty,” said the cabinet spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi. “In Catalonia, the assessment of the monarchy is as low as ever, and I do not think any of what the Spanish government is doing is helping.”
In a recent poll, some 60% of the people surveyed gave the king a score of 0, with his average popularity standing at 1.82 out of 10 (see page 37.)
"In Catalonia, the assessment of the monarchy is as low as ever, and I do not think any of what the Spanish government is doing is helping"
Elsa Artadi · Catalan government spokeswoman
For Artadi, the Parliament “is elected by the people and represents the majority of the people’s will, and that is why the resolution was able to pass in the chamber.”
The motion's text included condemning King Felipe for the role he played during the height of tensions between Spain and Catalonia, including “justifying” the Spanish police violence on October 1. It also demanded the abolition of the Spanish monarchy.
The Spanish government will take the first steps to challenge the motion in the Constitutional Court, as announced by the vice president, Carmen Calvo.