- PressTV News Videos Published on Oct 5, 2017
The Spanish government has rejected calls for mediation to resolve its dispute with Catalonia following the weekend independence referendum in the region. A statement released by the office of Spain’s prime minister stressed that Catalan officials must respect the country’s law in the first place. The statement added that Madrid will not negotiate over QUOTE anything illegal and will not be blackmailed. This, after the Catalan leader called for mediation to resolve the dispute. Carles Puigdemont had also said that the Spanish government has been catastrophic for the Catalan people, accusing it of ignoring millions of people who do not agree with Madrid. He said that his people were victims of police violence. Meanwhile, the European Commission says the Spanish government is entitled to use force in order to maintain law and order in Catalonia.