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Catalan leader urges calm opposition

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By Keith Walker
Catalan leader urges calm opposition

<p>The disputed Catalan president, dismissed on Friday by Spain’s central government, has refused to recognise the sacking of the regional government of Catalonia. </p> <p>In a televised message broadcast on Saturday (October 28), Carles Puigdemont called for calm and democratic opposition to the imposition of direct rule by Madrid.</p> <p>Puigdemont called on Catalans to have “patience, perseverance and perspective, for we know very well that the best way to defend the conquests won so far is is a democratic opposition to the application of Article 155.”</p> <p>He also called on pro-independence Catalans to be respectful of their fellow Catalans who are in favor of the region remaining within Spain. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Catalan president Carles Puigdemont made a speech on Saturday. Read it here ➡️<a href="https://t.co/gBMLEVoG68">https://t.co/gBMLEVoG68</a>. <a href="https://t.co/JUoej2XupN">pic.twitter.com/JUoej2XupN</a></p>— Catalan News (@catalannews) <a href="https://twitter.com/catalannews/status/924287657148125186?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 28, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is the history of Catalonian independence. <a href="https://t.co/mUJTahikG4">pic.twitter.com/mUJTahikG4</a></p>— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel4News/status/924277869920051200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 28, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What happens next for Catalonia <a href="https://t.co/JETYv1V8Hm">https://t.co/JETYv1V8Hm</a></p>— The Duran (@TheDuran_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheDuran_com/status/924198005108027392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 28, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>