Spain threatened Catalan government with “blood” and “deaths in the streets”, says ERC leader

ERC's Secretary general denounced that Rajoy wanted “to use live ammunition and deploy the army in Catalonia” if independence was pursued

ERC secretary general Marta Rovira in Brussels (by Blanca Blay)
ERC secretary general Marta Rovira in Brussels (by Blanca Blay) / ACN


November 17, 2017 03:28 PM

The Secretary General of pro-independence party ERC, Marta Rovira, accused Spain of having threatened the Catalan government with using “extreme violence” and causing “bloodshed” and “deaths in the streets” if the independence process continued.

Rovira denounced the threats in an interview with the Catalan radio broadcaster Rac1, in which she explained that the Spanish government made the Catalan government know “through reliable sources” what its intentions were.

Live ammunition and Spanish army troops in Catalonia

According to Rovira, the Spanish government planned to deploy the army in Catalonia and use live ammunition. Rovira revealed that the weapons were being delivered to the military base in Sant Climent Sescebes.

It was this attitude from the Spanish government that made the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, deposed by the Spanish government after the enforcement of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, “reflect” on that issue.

Junqueras will be ERC's candidate for the presidency

Rovira also talked about the upcoming election. She stated that if the December 21st election and the investiture process are held while members of the Catalan government are in prison or in Brussels, Carles Puigdemont will continue to be the “legitimate president”.

In the event that the election is developed “with normality”, with all candidates in Catalonia and released, then ERC will propose Catalan vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, to be the Catalan president.