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Catalonia 'to declare independence from Spain on MONDAY' after controversial referendum

07 October, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a few days says its leader Carles Puigdemont

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called Monday for global mediation in the crisis pitting his regional separatist executive against Madrid, a day after police violence marred an independence referendum banned by the central government. The autonomous Catalan government has called for worldwide mediation.

Participants in the referendum opted overwhelmingly for independence but turnout was only about 43 per cent as Catalans who favour remaining part of Spain mainly boycotted the ballot.

Images of police using rubber bullets and batons on voters were broadcast worldwide over the weekend - prompting condemnation internationally and intensifying the anger that brought Catalans to the streets.

Catalan officials say that 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who voted Sunday were in favor of independence.

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The king's televised speech is extremely unusual.

The Spanish government is adamant that he can not and the country's constitutional court ordered the referendum to be suspended last month.

Puigdemont, meanwhile, said his region had "won the right to an independent state".

Pique, part of Spain's World Cup-winning squad in 2010, also added that he would retire from worldwide football if his stance on the matter was regarded a problem.

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Going down the independence route won't be easy for Catalonia.

Nicola Sturgeon has said the Catalan referendum "cannot be ignored", but Spainish PM Mariano Rajoy and his government have not aknowledged the vote.

Canada is trying its best to be quiet about the police violence with a statement from the foreign minister's office that solutions must be found "within the rule of law, according to the Spanish Constitution, and through peaceful dialogue". Demonstrations also took place in several other Catalan cities, including Girona and Lleida.

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

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Dr Ramon Pardo, a senior lecturer in global relations at King's College London has told Express.co.uk it is now a question of how, and not if, Catalonia will declare independence.

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