Catalan parliament declares that Catalonia is republican and does not recognize the king

The resolution was approved in an extraordinary plenary session of Parliament by the three independent political forces (Together for Catalonia, Republican Left of Catalonia and Candidacy for Popular Unity) and counted on the votes against Citizens, Socialist Party of Catalonia and Party of the People of Catalonia.

The Catalan Parliament today passed a resolution declaring that "Catalonia is republican and therefore does not recognize or want to have a king", labeling the monarchy as "criminal".

The resolution was approved in an extraordinary plenary session of Parliament by the three independent political forces (Together for Catalonia, Republican Left of Catalonia and Candidacy for Popular Unity) and counted on the votes against Citizens, Socialist Party of Catalonia and Party of the People of Catalonia.

The text states that “the Bourbon saga (the Spanish royal family) has been a historic calamity for Catalonia” and accuses King Emeritus Juan Carlos of having accepted “the succession of General Franco, swearing allegiance to the principles of his regime”, reason why “the Spanish monarchy is the continuation of the previous regime”.

The resolution also denounces the "consigned flight of the king (emeritus) Juan Carlos to escape the action of justice" and speaks of a "criminal monarchy", "a failed autonomous system" and a "democracy intervened by the judiciary".

Juan Carlos communicated on Monday to his son, King Felipe VI, that he decided to leave Spain and choose another country to live in, due to the public repercussions of the investigations on his alleged funds in tax havens.

In a statement, the king emeritus of Spain explained that he sent a letter to his son communicating the decision, which guarantees that he took it "with deep feeling, but with great serenity".

Juan Carlos said that he intends to facilitate the exercise of the functions of Felipe VI, so he will stop living in the Zarzuela Palace and leave Spain, in view of "the public repercussion" of "certain events in the past".

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