Rajoy Calls Regional Elections for December 21: Will Anyone Show Up?

This afternoon, Rajoy fired the whole Catalan government and called elections on December 21. But who will man the voting booths? Here's a bonus question: What if they do hold elections and pro-independence factions win again?

In a televised statement, Rajoy called regional elections for Dec. 21 in a bid to draw a line under weeks of upheaval in the country’s biggest regional economy that saw hundreds of businesses shift their domicile to other parts of Spain to escape the turmoil. He also fired a police chief from the regional force, shut down most of the Catalan government’s diplomatic service and eliminated the offices of president and vice president. Rajoy created a special department in Madrid to oversee the measures. European Union President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that nothing has changed in policy toward Catalonia and Spain "remains our only interlocutor." He said he hoped the Spanish government "favors force of argument, not argument of force.”

Force of Argument not Argument of Force

I like that expression. The force of argument is the right of self determination. Moreover, Catalonia has spoken, twice.

Prior to the declaration of independence, and after the vote I commented Dear Spain, Mainstream Media: A Majority of Catalans Want Independence (Stop Saying Otherwise).

If you disagree, rebut what I said,

Bloomberg had an interesting headline title calling the pro-independence faction "rebels". The real rebels are Mariano Rajoy and his thugs.

Will Rajoy send in the troops?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (35)
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ppp
ppp

overly simplistic reading.

peacock
peacock

Game on. Will Catalonians be willing to die? Both Gandhi and MLK organized civil disobedience movements and took a lot of beatings and even death. The world will now see what Catalonian separatists are made of. They have no international support as the EU, the Brits and the US back Spain.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Exactly, Peacock. Of course Spain will send troops. What will Catalonians do? Peacefully resist? Violently resist? Give up?

peacock
peacock

Mish asks "Will Rajoy send in the troops?". Yes, if the Spanish police forces can't get it done. They must have a plan since the current situation was as expected.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

so what, then what's left of the Spanish economy will collapse. Bloomberg is a complete joke. No one takes them serious anymore.