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    Catalan President Carles Puigdemont attends a memorial event at the tomb of former president of the Generalitat, the regional government, Lluis Companys in Barcelona, Spain, October 15, 2017.

    Carles Puigdemont Plows on With Evasive Strategy Toward Catalan Independence

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    Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont has neglected to conform to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's ultimatum.

    The Spanish government had given Carles Puigdemont until 10am Monday, October 16, morning to confirm whether or not he had declared independence on Tuesday, October 10.

    The Catalan president sent a two page letter, once again proposing dialogues with Madrid.

    Mr. Rajoy has said that failure to act before Thursday would force him to trigger Article 155 of the Constitution, allowing Madrid to take control of Catalonia's autonomy and call new local elections.

    Sputnik's correspondent, Maud Start, spoke to Liz Castro, Catalan expert and author of Catalan independence sourcebook, Grains of Sand, as well as Sonia Sierra from the pro-unity Ciudadanos political party about Carles Puigdemont's strategy towards independence.

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