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‘Really, really sad day for democracy’ – Guardiola gives latest take on Catalan crisis

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Pep Guardiola lamented a “unhappy day for democracy” after an additional escalation within the political disaster in his house area of Catalonia.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy permitted implementing Article 155 of the Spanish structure, which can enable the nationwide authorities in Madrid to take again some powers from the semi-autonomous Catalan parliament.

The measure, which have to be permitted by the Spanish Senate, comes three weeks on from the independence referendum within the area.

Rajoy’s authorities declared the vote to be unlawful and it made world headlines on polling day as police beat up protesters and residents.

Manchester Metropolis supervisor Guardiola devoted his workforce’s 2-1 win over Napoli within the Champions League on Tuesday to Catalan politicians Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, who have been held with out bail whereas underneath investigation for sedition earlier this week.

Talking after his facet beat Burnley Three-Zero to extend their lead on the high of the Premier League to 5 factors over Manchester United, Guardiola was as soon as once more requested for ideas on occasions in his homeland at a post-match information convention.

“It is a actually unhappy day for democracy. I believed within the 21st century, these form of issues did not occur,” he mentioned.

“Particularly, for instance, the Catalan parliament is older than the Spanish parliament itself.

“I’m actually, actually unhappy. The Catalan folks simply needed to vote and we need to be listened to and let the folks say what they needed to be [part of Spain or independent].

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“They didn’t enable us even that, the PP [Rajoy’s ruling Partido Popular] did not enable us to vote. They did what they did right this moment simply because the folks protested with no violence.

“I feel it is a actually, actually unhappy day for democracy. The one factor we needed was to be listened to.

“Society’s calls for are stronger than any legal guidelines and I feel, once more, it’s a actually unhappy day for all of Europe and all of the world what they did right this moment.”

Talking at Barcelona’s annual basic assembly earlier on Saturday, membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu referred to as for a “civil and peaceable” finish to the discord.

He added: “[Barcelona gives] absolute help for the democratic establishments of Catalonia, as chosen by its folks.”