Catalonia breaks from Spain 9 October

Catalonia breaks from Spain 9 October

Catalonia breaks from Spain 9 October

"The European Commission must encourage global mediation".

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the rule of law had prevailed in Catalonia because the independence referendum in the region prohibited by the courts had been blocked.

On Tuesday evening he said that Catalan authorities "have placed themselves outside the law and democracy, they have tried to break the unity of Spain and national sovereignty".

The regional government said about 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who allegedly cast a vote in the referendum did so in favor of independence.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Catalonia have been protesting over Spanish police violence during the vote, during which almost 900 people were hurt, including 33 police officers.

Around 300,000 people took to the streets of Catalan regional capital Barcelona, closing metro stations, schools and cafes and blocking roads.

The central government in Madrid said the vote, which had a 42 percent level of turnout, is illegal and contravenes the Spanish constitution. He has indicated that Catalonia could declare independence next week.

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The reigning Spanish monarch said the referendum had shown a "lack of loyalty" to the government, criticising the referendum as undemocratic.

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has said.

"Under the Spanish constitution, yesterday's vote in Catalonia was not legal", the European Union executive's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a regular news briefing on Monday. Demonstrations also took place in several other Catalan cities, including Girona and Lleida.

Spokesman Jordi Turull described King Felipe's intervention as a gravely irresponsible act that "puts more logs on the fire".

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has submitted the results of the the October 1 referendum to the Cataloina parliament, looking to make the vote official.

Maduro contrasted the crackdown with his own administration's handling of an unofficial July 16 opposition plebiscite, which asked voters if they wanted the national armed forces to intervene to "restore the constitutional order".

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