Catalan police will be told to restore order if independence protests escalate into violence
Catalan police will be told to restore order if independence protests escalate into violence.  ALEJANDRO GARCIA/EPA

A senior Spanish cabinet minister has warned that Madrid is prepared to use force to restore order in Catalonia as separatists vowed to resist direct rule.

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, the Spanish government spokesman and education minister, told The Times that Catalan police would be used to quell protests that threatened public order.

“No government wants any acts of violence but the government has to make sure that the law is obeyed and if there are people on the other side who do not want to obey the law, then, through the Mossos d’Esquadra [the Catalan police], we will have to restore the law,” Mr Méndez de Vigo said.

Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister, said at the weekend that Madrid would impose direct rule on…

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