Catalonia—The situation is flaming up.

In a pre-recorded Television address, Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called for “democratic opposition [to the] premeditated aggression” of the Central Government.

He added that Catalans “know perfectly well that in a democracy it is parliaments that choose, or remove, presidents.”

The address came in response to Madrid’s enforcement of direct rule in Catalonia.  Puigdemont spoke from an undisclosed location.