Catalonia to Declare Independence in 'Matter of Days'

Catalonia to Declare Independence in 'Matter of Days'

Speaking to reporters, he called for "mediation", "which means there must be the presence of a third party, which must be global to be efficient".

He went on to back the Spanish government, insisting the independence referendum was illegal and undemocratic, warning that the region needs to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law.

Catalan authorities "have placed themselves outside the law and democracy, they have tried to break the unity of Spain and national sovereignty", he said, according to a translation by the Financial Times.

Catalan officials claimed 884 people were injured, while reports surfaced of voters being dragged out of polling stations by police.

Striking workers and hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Barcelona and other Catalan towns on October 3 to protest police violence, blocking traffic and public transport and disrupting businesses.

Catalonia is a wealthy region of some 7.5 million people in northeastern Spain, with its own language and culture.




In an interview with German newspaper Bild, due to be published on Thursday, Mr Puigdemont says: "I already feel as a president of a free country where millions of people have made an important decision". Puigdemont argues his government has been left with no choice but to proceed unilaterally as repeated attempts to discuss the matter with the Madrid government have been ignored.

Spain's King Felipe delivers a speech at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain July 12, 2017.

Following the vote, Puigdemont said Catalonia had "won the right to an independent state".

The judge leading the judicial investigation, Carmen Lamela, also summoned the leaders of two prominent Catalan pro-independence civil groups: Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural and Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC). Spanish official had banned the vote which they called illegal and attempted to prevent it from happening.

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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