United States saddened by violence in Spain referendum bid

United States saddened by violence in Spain referendum bid

United States saddened by violence in Spain referendum bid

Carles Puigdemont, Catalan president, has called for global mediation to help settle the dispute.

Madrid had tried to stop the people from voting by sending riot police in the area; however, their use of truncheons and rubber bullets have earned them scrutiny from the global community and brought Spain in one of its largest constitutional crisis in the past decades.

Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said the Spanish constitution must be followed. "It is an internal matter for Spain" and "it is important. that the rule of law is adhered to".

But correspondents say his failure to acknowledge the violent repression of the vote has fired up rather than deterred independence supporters. Today, Catalonia is headed by #Carles Puigdemont.

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"This moment calls for mediation", he said in a televised statement late Wednesday.

The socialists won nearly 13 percent of the vote in the 2015 election, and have 13 MPs in the 135-seat regional parliament.

Thousands of extra officers from the National Police and Civil Guard were deployed to Catalonia amid tensions over the independence referendum.

Mr. Rajoy has at his disposal a series of emergency powers to take full administrative control of Catalonia, including suspending the regional Parliament for as long as deemed necessary.

Is there any dialogue going on at all?

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But Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office retorted that the government "will not accept blackmail".

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". "Neither a unilateral declaration of independence nor article 155".

The EU has urged both sides to refrain from steps that would provoke more unrest, as seen last Sunday.

The European Parliament is set to debate the crisis in Catalonia on Wednesday amid mounting criticism of a deafening silence in Brussels.

Why is the king's intervention significant?

His criticism of the king showed that he was "out of touch with reality", it added.

There is one area that could push Madrid into negotiations, however.

The images of Spanish riot police firing rubber bullets and swinging truncheons at would-be voters in Catalonia on Sunday handed the region's leaders the ideal story line: of a repressive central government squashing an attempted exercise in democracy.

Police seized ballot boxes, pulled people out of polling stations and fired rubber bullets at protesters - with hundreds reportedly injured.

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