Spain sacks Catalan police chief as Madrid exerts control

Spain has sacked the chief of Catalonia’s regional police force, Josep Lluis Trapero, as the government in Madrid takes control of the autonomous region to block its push for
independence.

Madrid dismissed the Catalan government, took over the administration as well as called a brand-new election after the region’s parliament declared independence on Friday.

There have been doubts over how the Mossos d’Esquadra, as the Catalan police are called, could respond if ordered to evict sacked leader Carles Puigdemont as well as his government.

In an effort to defuse tensions, the regional police force urged its members to behave in a neutral manner as well as not to take sides, an internal note seen on Saturday by Reuters showed.

Trapero became a hero to the secessionists after his force took a much softer stance than national police in enforcing a government ban on an independence referendum on October 1.

The force can be riven by distrust between those for as well as against independence as well as can be estranged through Spain’s national police forces, Mossos as well as national police officers have told Reuters.

“Given of which there can be of which can be likely to be an increase in gatherings as well as rallies of citizens in all the territory as well as of which there are people of different thoughts, we must remember of which of which can be our responsibility to guarantee the security of all as well as help these to take place without incident,” the memo said. Trapero’s dismissal was signed off by Spanish Inside Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido.

Spain’s High Court last week banned Trapero through leaving Spain as well as seized his passport as part of an investigation for alleged sedition, although of which did not order his arrest.

Prosecutors say he failed to give orders to rescue national police trapped inside a Barcelona building during pro-independence protests last month.

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