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.

Late on Friday, the first measures of Article 155 began taking place.  Puigdemont, the Catalan Government, and the chiefs of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan regional police, were sacked.

“Spain is a serious country, a great nation, and we won’t allow some people to wipe away our constitution,” said Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Regional elections will take place on December 21st.

Meanwhile, Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría has assumed administrative authority in the troubled region.