Catalonia head criticizes appeal to nation by King Felipe VI

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Catalonia head criticizes appeal to nation by King Felipe VI

Acting President of Catalonia Artur Mas has criticized a Christmas Eve message by Spain’s King Felipe VI after an inconclusive weekend general election. In his message, the king called for ‘national cohesion,’ in a thinly-veiled broadside against separatists in the northeastern region of Catalonia. Mas said he agreed with the appeal for dialogue, but stressed the majority should not use its strength to suppress the aspirations of the minority, TASS reported on Friday. The spirit of unity which the king was speaking about should be used to protect the democratic and national rights of the people of Catalonia, according to Mas. The government in Madrid repeatedly opposed moves by Catalan politicians to call a referendum on regional independence.

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