- Albert Gea/Reuters
- Catalan politician Josep Rull tweeted a defiant picture of himself at his desk on Monday. Spain sacked the entire Catalan government after the region declared independence last week. Carles Puigdemont, the region’s president, also posted a photo taken from inside his office building. Catalan politicians could be arrested if they continued working after being fired.
A Catalan politician has defiantly posted a photo of himself at his desk on Monday morning, despite the Spanish government’s firing the regional government last week.
Spain sacked the entire Catalan government and head of the regional police force after the autonomous region declared independence last Friday. The Spanish government has also threatened to arrest any Catalan politician who tries to go to work on Monday, CNBC reported.
But on Monday, Josep Rull Andreu, Catalonia’s minister of territory and sustainability, tweeted: “In the office, exercising the responsibilities entrusted to us by the people of Catalonia.”
— Josep Rull i Andreu (@joseprull) October 30, 2017
Immediately after the post went up, two agents of the Catalan police force went to Rull’s office to warn him that he could be arrested of usurping his functions, according to La Vanguardia.
The agents have since left Rull’s office, La Vanguardia reported, and the minister has posted another tweet saying he would go on with his day.
On Monday morning, Puigdemont also posted a photo taken from inside Barcelona’s Palau de la Generalitat, which houses the office of the Catalan president, captioned: “Good morning.” It is unclear when Puigdemont took the photo, or whether he is currently in his office.
Puigdemont’s chief of communications was also in the Palau’s vicinity, El Pais reporter Rebeca Carranco tweeted.
The Spanish government said on Sunday that Puigdemont would be “welcome” to stand in the December snap elections.
Mossos agents have been tasked to accompany Catalan politicians to their offices on Monday to gather their belongings, La Vanguardia reported, citing police sources. If the politicians refuse to leave, the agent must prepare a statement and forward to a judge and prosecutor, the newspaper said.
Monday’s tensions come after Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told Sky News he was “confident” that the newly-installed director general of Mossos, or Catalan police force, would obey Madrid’s instructions.
Around 2.2 million Catalans, or 43% of the electorate, voted to leave Spain earlier this month. Some people might have voted multiple times, anti-independence Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.