|Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, center, attended a protest in Barcelona on Sunday against the imprisonment of two Catalan pro-independence leaders. Credit (via NYT)|
Rajoy said in addition to removing Catalan leader, Carles. Puigdemont, and the rest of his separatist administration from office, he would also take charge of Catalonia’s autonomous police force and the Catalan center for telecommunications.
It should be kept in mind that, while this is an aggressive move by Rajoy, this is a battle between two groups seeking to control Catalonian people, one based in Madrid and one based within Catalonia, and that the Catalonian group would desire to rule in a much more authoritarian interventionist fashion. Thus, from a libertarian perspective, for those living in Catalonia, there is not much reason to cheer on the Catalonian secession movement.