Catalonia referendum: Thousands rally for Spanish unity

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Hundreds of individuals calling for Spanish unity have attended rallies within the capital Madrid after Sunday’s disputed referendum for Catalan independence.

Different demonstrations – together with within the Catalan metropolis Barcelona – have additionally been held urging political dialogue.

Protesters wearing white gathered with indicators saying “Spain is best than its leaders” and “let’s discuss”.

Companies have continued to announce their departure from the Catalan area amid the continuing political uncertainty.

The Caixa Basis, which controls one of many Spain’s largest banks, introduced it was transferring its headquarters to Palma de Mallorca whereas the disaster continues.

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The nation is ready for a speech on Tuesday by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont amid hypothesis he’ll declare independence.

The ultimate outcomes confirmed 90% of the two.three million individuals who voted backed independence. Turnout was 43%.

There have been a number of claims of irregularities, and plenty of poll containers have been seized by the Spanish police.

What are the most recent developments?

Spain’s authorities consultant in Catalonia apologised on Friday to individuals harm throughout police efforts to cease the referendum, however blamed the Catalan authorities for holding an unlawful vote.

Enric Millo mentioned he couldn’t assist however “remorse it and apologise on behalf of the officers that intervened”, whereas casting doubt on the numbers mentioned to be injured.

Practically 900 individuals have been injured as police, making an attempt to implement a Spanish court docket ban on the vote, tried to grab poll containers and disperse voters. Thirty-three cops have been additionally harm.

The Spanish authorities’s official spokesperson, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, additionally apologised for the police violence and advised that new elections in Catalonia is likely to be a technique to heal the fracture brought on by the disputed referendum.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is predicted to handle the Catalan parliament on Tuesday at 18:00 native time (16:00 GMT) after Spain’s Constitutional Court docket earlier suspended the Catalan parliament session that had been deliberate for Monday.

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There’s hypothesis that the parliament will declare independence unilaterally at its subsequent sitting.

In the meantime, the previous chief of Catalonia, Artur Mas, told the Monetary Instances newspaper that the area was not but prepared for actual independence – despite the fact that he believed it had received the appropriate to interrupt away.

Stepping again from the brink?

By BBC’s James Reynolds, Alicante

The competing authorities in Barcelona and Madrid might every take a doubtlessly dramatic step.

Barcelona has the choice of constructing a unilateral declaration of independence. For its half, Madrid has the ability to dissolve self-rule in Catalonia. Every step – if taken – would provoke a constitutional disaster in Spain.

There are some indicators that every facet might select to pause. Mr Puigdemont says he’ll ship a report back to the Catalan parliament on Tuesday concerning the political scenario – a intentionally imprecise type of phrases which provides him room for manoeuvre.

Extra on the Catalan disaster

In different developments:

  • The Spanish cupboard issued a decree to make it simpler for firms to relocate their authorized headquarters away from Catalonia as main companies proceed to announce relocations
  • The Catalan chief of police, Josep Lluis Trapero, appeared earlier than a choose in a nationwide legal court docket in Madrid on Friday on suspicion of sedition in opposition to the state. He denied that his Mossos d’Esquadra drive had intentionally failed to assist Guardia Civil police sort out pro-independence protesters within the run-up to the referendum


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