Pro-independence Catalans defy King Felipe VI's warning

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Professional-independence Catalan leaders are urgent forward regardless of an emphatic warning from King Felipe VI.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont instructed the BBC he would declare independence “on the finish of this week or the start of subsequent”.

The European Union stated it was “time to speak” to discover a answer to the disaster in Catalonia.

Fee Vice-President Frans Timmermans stated the Spanish structure have to be adopted.

Mr Timmermans, addressing the European Parliament, described the pictures of violence from Catalonia as “saddening”, however emphasised the significance of upholding the rule of legislation.

In his intervention, late on Tuesday, King Felipe branded Sunday’s referendum within the north-eastern Spanish area unlawful and undemocratic.

However correspondents say his failure to acknowledge the violent repression of the vote has fired up reasonably than deterred independence supporters.

In the meantime, Spain’s excessive court docket has summoned the top of Catalonia’s regional police pressure to testify as a suspect in a investigation of alleged sedition – inciting rebel in opposition to the state.

Josep LluĂ­s Trapero and three different individuals are anticipated to seem in court docket on Friday in a transfer prone to inflame sentiment additional amid Spain’s deepest political disaster in many years, say correspondents.


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What are the pro-independence Catalans doing?

Following the BBC interview through which he stated there could be a declaration of independence within the coming days, Carles Puigdemont stated he would make an announcement at 21:00 (19:00 GMT) on Wednesday.

Teams within the Catalan parliament have agreed that parliament ought to meet in full meeting on Monday. Mr Puigdemont may additionally use that event to make a unilateral declaration of independence.

When requested what he would do if the Spanish authorities have been to intervene and take management of Catalonia’s authorities, Mr Puigdemont stated it could be “an error which modifications the whole lot”.

Beneath Article 155 of the Spanish structure, the federal government in Madrid is permitted to impose direct rule on autonomous areas.

Is there any dialogue happening in any respect?

Mr Puigdemont says not, and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has stored silent because the scenes of police violence which accompanied Sunday’s vote.

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The Spanish authorities has vowed to withstand any declaration of independence, with Mr Rajoy beforehand saying the vote made a “mockery” of democracy.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau has referred to as on either side to speak. “Neither a unilateral declaration of independence nor article 155. Greater than ever we want dialogue and bridges,” she tweeted.

The European parliament was as a result of debate the disaster on Wednesday afternoon, however any decision handed might be non-binding.

Why is the king’s intervention vital?

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In his televised deal with, King Felipe stated the Catalan leaders who organised the referendum confirmed their “disrespect to the powers of the state”.

“They’ve damaged the democratic rules of the rule of legislation,” he stated.

However many Catalans have been extra involved about what the king didn’t say, stories the BBC’s Patrick Jackson who watched the deal with in a bar in Barcelona metropolis centre.

“There have been no phrases concerning the scenes of police beating voters on Sunday, no pressing enchantment for dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments, no acknowledgment of the true starvation right here for independence or a minimum of a correct, authorized referendum, not even a phrase or two of Catalan,” he says.

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It was a missed alternative to push the 2 sides in direction of dialogue, stated one buyer within the bar.

What about this sedition investigation?

Information that the top of the native police pressure, the Mossos d’Esquadra, his deputy and two civic organisers are to be questioned as a part of the excessive court docket’s sedition investigation will probably additional irritate the scenario.

On 20 September members of the nationwide safety forces have been trapped by an indignant crowd of pro-independence supporters throughout a raid on the regional financial system ministry, geared toward disrupting Sunday’s ballot.

The Mossos has been accused of failing to reply correctly to their pressing requests for back-up.

What occurred throughout Sunday’s vote?

Practically 900 individuals have been harm as police violently tried to implement a Spanish court docket order suspending the vote, which the federal government had declared unlawful.

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Some law enforcement officials have been seen firing rubber bullets, storming into polling stations and pulling ladies by their hair.

Thirty-three law enforcement officials have been additionally injured, native medical officers stated.

Shocked by what they’d seen, a whole lot of 1000’s of Catalans joined avenue protests on Tuesday. A basic strike was additionally referred to as in protest at “the grave violation of rights and freedoms” seen throughout the poll.

How convincing have been the poll outcomes?

Greater than 2.2 million individuals voted on Sunday, based on the Catalan authorities. Officers put the vote in assist of independence at almost 90%, however official outcomes haven’t but been launched.

There are a number of stories of gaping irregularities, partly attributed to a system which permitted voters to solid their ballots anyplace in a bid to get across the police measures to cease the vote. Spanish media carried stories of some Catalan areas counting much more votes than residents.

Catalan officers stated the turnout was 42%, probably weakening the place of Mr Puigdemont.


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