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Madrid denies govt meeting in Barcelona is provocation

AFP  |  Madrid 

Spain's on Wednesday rejected claims by Catalan separatists that the government's decision to hold a cabinet meeting in is a provocation.

will hold its weekly cabinet meeting on Friday in Barcelona, the capital of the wealthy northeastern region.

But that is a year to the day held snap elections in the region after blocking the region's move for independence.

Pro-independence groups in have called on their supporters to protest the meeting on the streets of Friday, and police have already made plans to boost their presence there.

"To come on that day is a provocation," jailed separatist leader told AFP in an interview Monday.

But insisted Wednesday the cabinet meeting "was not a provocation". It would be held "in a situation of normality", she said.

In October 2017, Catalan leaders pushed ahead with a controversial independence referendum despite warnings from Madrid, then declared independence on the basis of the results.

The then conservative responded by deposing the Catalan executive, dissolving the and calling snap elections for December 21.

A number of Catalan separatist groups have called for street protests.

"On December 21, we will be...ungovernable," a group, the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDRs), said on Wednesday.

"Lets topple the regime," said the tweet, accompanied by a picture of Spain's on fire. Calvo said she would meet Thursday with the of the Catalan regional government, Quim Torra. She would also hold talks with Catalonia's vice president,

Sanchez's six-month-old held a cabinet meeting in the southern city of in October.

It plans to hold another in the western region of Extremadura, in what it says is an effort to bring the closer to voters.

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First Published: Wed, December 19 2018. 20:45 IST