Catalonia referendum: Spain apologises to injured Catalans

The Spanish authorities’s consultant in Catalonia has apologised to these injured throughout police efforts to cease Sunday’s independence referendum.

However Enric Millo blamed the Catalan authorities for holding an unlawful vote.

In the meantime the federal government in Madrid has issued a decree making it simpler for corporations to maneuver their headquarters away from Catalonia.

A Catalan minister instructed the BBC his authorities would go forward with an independence debate in parliament.

“Parliament will talk about, parliament will meet,” stated Catalan international affairs chief Raül Romeva. “Each try the Spanish authorities has used to impede issues to occur, they’ve been demonstrated fully not solely ineffective however counter-productive,” he instructed the BBC in English.

Within the first apology by a Spanish authorities official over the violence on Sunday, which noticed tons of injured as police, making an attempt to implement a Spanish courtroom ban on the vote, tried to grab poll containers and disperse voters, Mr Millo stated he couldn’t assist however “remorse it and apologise on behalf of the officers that intervened”.

Friday has seen quite a few political, enterprise and judicial developments within the unfolding disaster in Catalonia.

The political developments

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont now plans to handle the Catalan parliament on Tuesday at 18:00 native time (16:00 GMT), the speaker of the parliament says.

Spain’s Constitutional Courtroom had earlier suspended the Catalan parliament session that had been deliberate for Monday.

There may be hypothesis that the parliament will declare independence unilaterally at its subsequent sitting, primarily based on final Sunday’s disputed vote.

The ultimate outcomes from the outlawed ballot present 90% of the two.3m individuals who voted backed independence. Turnout was 43%.

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

After a cupboard assembly, the Spanish authorities spokesman additionally expressed remorse that folks had “suffered penalties” throughout Sunday’s vote – although he forged doubt on the numbers who had been injured.

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo instructed that new elections in Catalonia is likely to be a option to heal the fracture attributable to the disputed referendum.

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The enterprise developments

Madrid’s decree making it simpler for corporations to relocate their authorized base away from Catalonia means such a choice will not want the prior approval of shareholders.

  • Based on media reviews, the board of Barcelona-based Gasoline Pure Fenosa voted on Friday to maneuver its headquarters to Madrid. The multinational utility firm provides gasoline and electrical energy to clients in Spain and past
  • CaixaBank, a big Barcelona-based establishment, has determined to maneuver its headquarters from Barcelona to town of Valencia. The financial institution stated in a press release that it had taken the choice “in mild of the present political and social scenario in Catalonia”
  • Sabadell, one other main Barcelona financial institution, decided to transfer its legally registered base from Barcelona to the south-eastern Spanish metropolis of Alicante on Thursday. Its HQ and workforce will stay in Barcelona

This could make sure the banks remained throughout the eurozone and beneath the supervision of the European Central Financial institution, even when Catalonia broke away from Spain.

Catalonia is Spain’s richest area and accounts for 19% of Spain’s GDP.

  • 16% of Spain’s inhabitants stay in Catalonia, and it produces:

  • 25.6% of Spain’s exports

  • 19% of Spain’s GDP

  • 20.7% of international funding


The judicial developments

In the meantime, the Catalan chief of police, Josep Lluis Trapero, has appeared earlier than a choose in a nationwide felony courtroom in Madrid on suspicion of sedition in opposition to the state.

His Mossos d’Esquadra drive is accused of failing to assist Guardia Civil police deal with hundreds of pro-independence protesters exterior the Catalan Economic system Division in Barcelona on 20 September in the course of the run as much as the referendum.

The Guardia Civil submitted an official accusation in opposition to the Mossos.

In a press release, the Mossos stated Mr Trapero had instructed the courtroom that the drive had not been made conscious of the Guardia Civil motion.

“The Mossos weren’t notified sufficiently prematurely… and this pressured them to regulate to the circumstances accordingly. The primary they heard of the Spanish police’s supposed motion was by the media,” the statement stated.

“Acceptable measures had been taken … In his opinion, he didn’t commit any crime of sedition or participated or collaborated in any such crime or every other.”

One other Catalan police officer and two main independence activists, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, are additionally being investigated in Madrid.

All of them left the courtroom after Friday morning’s listening to with out dealing with any Spanish restrictions.

Main newspaper El Pais says the allegation of sedition is extraordinary in post-Franco democratic Spain.

As lately as August, the Mossos was being broadly praised for shortly tackling the Islamist cell that carried out the Barcelona terror assault in that month.

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