Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said the referendum is valid and its result must be implemented.

It comes after an illegal independence referendum where voters in the region overwhelmingly backed splitting from Spain. Some taped up their mouths to symbolise being silenced.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, defended police actions - which included the use of truncheons and shooting of rubber bullets - and praised officers for their "firmness and serenity" in upholding the rule of law.

On Wednesday, Spain's National Court said it was investigating two officials in Catalonia's police force for sedition in connection with violent protests in September.

The authorities claim that the demonstrations obstructed police operation.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Euronews that the EU will only recognise an independent Catalonia with Spain's blessing.

The secessionist movement is deeply rooted in the region, but tensions came to a head when in 2010, Spain's Constitutional Court struck down some provisions of autonomy.

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Puigdemont said there was now no contact between the government in Madrid and his devolved administration.

Defender Gerard Pique, one of the most outspoken players defending the Catalans, teared up after the game as he talked about confrontations between voters and police.

Carles Puigdemont, the region's elected leader, has asked for European Union mediation in negotiations and said Catalonia has "won the right to an independent state".

Catalonia's regional government is mulling when to declare the region's independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum that has triggered Spain's most serious national crisis in decades. The European Union is backing the embattled Spanish government, according to CNN.

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Appealing for worldwide mediation to help solve the crisis, he told the corporation that he disagreed with the European Commission's statement that it was internal matter for Spain. Catalonia's government will hold a closed-door Cabinet meeting Monday to discuss the next steps in its plan to declare independence from Spain following a disputed referendum marred by violence. Senior police official Teresa Laplana and pro-independence supporters Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural and Jordi Sanchez of the ANC completes the quartet.

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