BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered Catalonia’s parliament to suspend a planned session next week during which separatist lawmakers wanted to declare independence — further fueling Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.
Catalan regional authorities previously have ignored Constitutional Court orders, so it was not immediately clear if the session would go ahead and if all parties would attend. The court said its order could be appealed but also warned Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and other members of the speakers’ board that they could face prosecution for failing to halt the session.
Speaking to reporters, Forcadell called the suspension a “violation of freedom of speech.” “I won’t allow censorship to enter Parliament,” she said without clarifying if the meeting would go ahead or not.
H/t reader squodgy:
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