The Catalan Government and City Council of Barcelona are trying — again — to unblock the situation with the executive of Mariano Rajoy. The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and also the vice president Oriol Junqueras and the president of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, have sent a letter to the Spanish prime minister and to King Felipe VI to again express their will to talk, in order to find an exit to the conflict between Catalonia and Spain, and denounce the repression of the Spanish state. A letter that the Financial Times will also publish along this morning.
In the letter, where they refer to the negative responses of Rajoy, as well as the "unsustainable and regressive reaction" from the Spanish state, they make "a call for dialogue in order to figure out how we can come to an agreement so that the Catalans may vote in a referendum" with open dialogue and without conditions, so that the voice of the citizens can be heard.
However, the letter also denounces "an offensive of repression without precedent" by the Spanish state, that started when the Constitutional Court rejected the 2006 Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, and continued with several negatives from the central executive to accept a fiscal pact for Catalonia.
From here, as can be read in the full letter, they start to list the different events that have taken place during these years and express their will to come to an agreement with the Spanish government for the referendum.