Invasion of Catalonia an option, says general


A Spanish general has suggested that the armed forces should consider invading Catalonia if the region attempts to break away from the rest of the country.

Juan Antonio Chicharro, a general in the marine reserve, warned that patriotic sentiment would take precedence over democratic rules in the face of a “separatist-secessionist offensive” by the northeastern region.

‘The fatherland’

“The fatherland is above and more important than democracy,” he said. “Patriotism is a feeling and the constitution is just a law.”

He made his comments at a conference in Madrid in early February, but they only came to light when El País newspaper published details of the event on Wednesday. The conference was titled “Armed Forces and Constitutional Order” and several respected academic and judicial figures were present.

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