He added: “I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens’ sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy and act in consequence.”
Today Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy invoked Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, taking control of the autonomous region this morning.
Mr Puigdemont and his ministers have all been deposed, with Spanish authorities stepping in to govern the province after a controversial independence referendum that saw 90 per cent of voters opt to leave the Mediterranean kingdom.
It was thought Mr Puigdemont would counter Spain’s power grab by declaring independence unilaterally.
Instead today he joined enormous crowds of protesters in a show of defiance as Madrid grabs power from the autonomous province.