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Spain hopes Catalans disregard instruction from regional leaders - minister
October 22, 2017 / 8:45 AM / a month ago

Spain hopes Catalans disregard instruction from regional leaders - minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said on Sunday he hoped that people in Catalonia would disregard any instruction from the regional leadership if Spain moves to suspend the region’s autonomy.

Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, is seen speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in this photograph received via the BBC in London, Britain October 22, 2017. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS

“All the government is trying to do, and reluctantly, is to reinstate the legal order, to restore the constitution but also the Catalan rules and proceed from there,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

“We are going to establish the authorities who are going to rule the day-to-day affairs of Catalonia according to the Catalan laws and norms ... I hope everyone will disregard whatever instructions they will be planning to give because they will not have the legal authority to do that.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Toby Chopra

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