The president of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, has said that those responsible for the aggressions against Catalan MPs on Wednesday will have to face the consquences for "crossing the red line" (read article in Catalan here, Avui). While yesterday there were no indignados outside Ciutadella Park, the effects of the confrontations between police, politicians and protestors the day before continued to be felt. Mas promised that a firm line would be taken against those who had tried to prevent the entrance of politicians into the parliament building and the Generalitat's interior minister, Felip Puig, appeared in a press conference where he admitted that the security measures put in place for Wednesday had been insufficient. Mas said that the plan for dealing with the protestors had been put together based on the assumption that the protest would be non-violent, as this was the spirit of the 15-M indignados movement. "it was expected that the circumstances would be calmer," he admitted, but said that the police had found themselves facing an organised group of kale borroka (the name given to a Basque nationalist group of 'urban guerrilas').
Doubts regarding the financial future of Greece is having repercussions for Spain in the international markets with the cost of its public debt rising again yesterday (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). While the European Union and the European Central Bank continue their discussions regarding what to do about Greece, without finding an acceptable solution, the economy minister of Spain, Elena Salgado said that the rising price of Spanish public debt (now 289 points above German debt; the higher the price above the German debt, the worse the markets view such debt) was a result of the worsening situation regarding Greece. Speaking to the radio station SER, Salgado said there was almost general instability in the debt market, which was also affecting Italy and Belgium. As Spain is in a "process of reforms and fiscal consolidation", there is a lot of "sensitivity" in the markets towards the country and its public debt, she added. However, she also said that recent issues of debt by Spain had gone well, which meant that "the markets still have confidence in us."
Real Madrid has said it will keep working to maintain positive relations with FC Barcelona despite the "unfortunate declarations" by Barça president Sandro Rosell regarding the club yesterday (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). A press release from the Madrid club said that it believed that Rosell's words had been the result of media pressure on the FC Barcelona board of directors, which demands an aggressive attitude towards Real. Speaking earlier in the day when he presented his report regarding the last football season, Rosell had threatened to break off institutional relations with Real Madrid if, in the coming season, they "once again pass the limits of sportsmanship." Rosell was referring to the accusations of drug-taking and bribing of referees that had been made by different sources from and, supposedly, close to Real Madrid during the last football season. He said that Barça had tried to ignore the provocations of Madrid, but in the end, they had had to respond to them. Rosell said that all the intimidations had been planned in advance and had the aim of achieving off the field, what the team was unable to achieve on it. However, the press statement from Madrid denied any connection with the accusation of drug-taking (which was made by a radio journalist): "as everyone knows, Real Madrid denied this accusation at the time it was made, immediately and cateogically." Madrid also criticised the decision of Barça to report the trainer of Real Madrid, José Mourinho, to UEFA following one of the 'clásico' matches played between the two clubs towards the end of the season.