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06 October, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Catalonia's regional president, Carles Puigdemont, is addressing regional lawmakers on Monday to review a referendum won by supporters of independence from Spain on October 1.

Four days after the referendum on independence, the tension in Catalonia does not go down.

The Deputy Prime Minister made this statement after Puigdemont gave a speech saying that the Spanish King Felipe VI's speech had disappointed many Catalans and had ignored millions of citizens in Catalonia, Xinhua reported.

The opposition Socialist bloc in Catalan's regional parliament called for Monday's session to be blocked, according to the AP.

Brussels has in the past given little or no encouragement to separatist movements inside the European Union, whether of the Catalans, Scots, Flemings or others. We respect the Spanish Constitutional Court's decision that Sunday's vote was not legal, and this is an internal matter for Spain.

After the vote on Sunday, 90 percent of the voters opted for independence.

Lawyers representing the regional parliament had also warned that the session would technically be illegal because it planned to discuss the results of a referendum that had been previously suspended by the Constitutional Court.

Still, European leaders - many of them with separatist movements in their own back yards - were quick to voice support for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the national government and constitution.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg's Esteban Duarte is reporting that "Catalan separatists are trying to find a way to put off a definitive declaration of independence to create space for a negotiated settlement with Spain, according to two people familiar with their plans".

The United States on Tuesday said it was saddened by violence in Spain amid Catalonia's referendum on independence, a vote that had been banned by Madrid.

"Georgia hopes that the situation in the Kingdom of Spain will be peacefully regulated in full compliance with the principles of the country's legislation, constitution and law", the Foreign Ministry said. That challenge to the court had come from Spain's government, which condemned the referendum as illegal.

Some of the police officers, who were ordered to prevent the vote, opened fire with rubber bullets.

"Right now Catalonia is like the Basque Country in 1981", it said in a blistering statement which claimed they had been "abandoned to their luck" by government "inaction" and "betrayed" by "disloyal" Catalan police, the Mossos d'Esquadra. All this, as I am sure you know, because of the illegitimate independence referendum.

Puigdemont says the vote, which took place amid police attempts to stop it that left hundreds injured, is valid and legitimates a declaration to break away from Spain.


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