Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded that Catalonia “clarify” its position following its referendum on independence from Spain following Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont’s declaration of Catalonian independence and his immediate suspension of that in favor of a period of negotiation with Madrid.
However, Rajoy’s pretended confusion says volumes about him without adding a syllable to the subject’s discussion. His pretense is nothing but an attempt to obfuscate and distract from his deliberate decision to use violence to suppress a referendum when he could have peacefully arrested the referendum leaders in the aftermath of its defeat at the polls.
Rajoy’s preference for violence and its import are confirmed by Rajoy’s subsequent step.
[T]he Spanish government triggered the first step toward invoking Article 155 in the name of preserving the unity of the nation.
Article 155 of the Spanish constitution—a brief provision modeled on a similar measure in Germany’s constitution—allows the central government to suspend some of the powers of a region under specific conditions.
This is just a naked exercise in power and not at all a willingness to accept—or even begin discussing acceptance of—Puigdemont’s olive branch.
Madrid, by acting in ways that would force a civil war seems more interested in that than in any peaceful resolution. Indeed, Rajoy is seeking to preempt peace.
This is about Rajoy’s ego and his demand for power and the abject surrender of his enemies.