The decision to ask for Spanish national police to supplement Catalan police guarding the building was taken in order to increase the security of the building and to "guarantee its full and normal operation" in the event of a Catalan declaration of independence from Spain, the court said in a statement.
Spain's King Felipe VI on Tuesday accused authorities in the northeast region of Catalonia of disloyalty to the state in what he called their unacceptable push for independence. "Certain authorities in Catalonia have repeatedly, consciously and deliberately not complied with the constitution," the king said in a rare televised speech to the nation. "They have systematically violated legally and legitimately approved rules, showing an inadmissible disloyalty toward the powers of the state. "Their irresponsible behavior might even put the economic and social stability of Catalonia and all of Spain at risk," he said in the six-minute speech. The king did not specify what penalties leaders in Catalonia might face for seeking independence from Spain.
LONDON – Spain's image on the world stage has been tarnished by the worldwide broadcast of images showing its police attacking would-be voters in Catalonia, and those tactics have not slowed the Catalan government's march toward independence. So the question lingers: Why, in the age of the smartphone, would Spain use force this way in order to quash a disputed independence referendum? Why not just declare the vote illegal and ignore it? Why hand the independence movement a public relations victory by using police to attack women, children and the elderly? Analysts say the Spanish government apparently felt so threatened by the accelerating independence movement that it believed a show of force was needed to make it abundantly clear that even harsher tactics would be used, if needed, to keep Spain intact.