The president of Catalonia has heavily criticised Spain’s King Felipe VI vowing to “carry out the will” of the Catalan people following the region’s recent independence referendum.
Carles Puigdemont attacked the monarch for deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans and also blasted the government in Madrid for not accepting mediation.
In a televised address, Puigdemont said: “The king has defended the speech and policies of Rajoy government, which have been catastrophic for Catalonia and he ignores deliberately the millions of Catalans who do not think the same way. I would like to address your Majesty directly, in the language that he understands, knows, and speaks……With your decision yesterday you have disappointed many Catalan people who appreciated you, who have helped you in the difficult times in your institutional role, people who expected another tone from you and a call for dialogue and agreement.”
The Catalan leaders address followed a rare intervention on Tuesday by King Philip VI of Spain who said Catalan leaders had put themselves “outside the law”.
Around 900 people were injured in Sunday’s violence-marred vote after Spanish police attempted to halt the ballot.
Watch the Catalan President’s full speech here