BBC: Catalonia independence: Puigdemont 'will not accept' Rajoy plan22 October 2017 | 04:28 | FOCUS News Agency
He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia's institutions since General Franco's 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy's plans include the removal of Catalonia's leaders and curbs on its parliament.
It follows the independence referendum that went ahead despite being banned by Spain's Constitutional Court.
Mr Puigdemont said the Spanish government was acting against the democratic will of Catalans after refusing all offers of dialogue.
He said he would call for a session in the Catalan parliament to debate a response to Mr Rajoy's plans.
Addressing European citizens in English, he added that the European Union's founding values were "at risk in Catalonia".
What is the Spanish government planning?
Earlier Mr Rajoy said he was triggering article 155 of the Spanish constitution, which allows for direct rule to be imposed in a crisis on any of the country's semi-autonomous regions.
Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mr Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region's parliament but put forward plans for elections.
He insisted that the measures would not mean Catalan self-government itself was being suspended - instead, he said, the plan was to remove those people who had "taken self-government outside the law and the constitution".
The measures, which are supported by opposition parties, must now be approved by Spain's Senate in the next few days.
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