As Civil Guard officers visited the pro-independence newspaper Vilaweb on Friday, its editor, Vicent Partal, was interviewing Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont at his office. "It seems like the Spanish government has almost deployed Articles 116 and 155 without having to decree them", he told the journalist.

Article 116 describes how the states of alarm, exception and siege work in Spain.

Referring to an announcement by Spanish Finance Minister Cristóbal Montoro on Friday morning, Mr. Puigdemont's Deputy First Minister, Oriol Junqueras, said during a rally on Friday night that "taking control of Catalan government accounts is a concealed way of liquidating the country's institutions and a concealed way of applying Article 155 of the Constitution".

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