Catalans pledge to pursue independence

Catalans pledge to pursue independence

Catalans pledge to pursue independence

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy and the European Commission have declared the election illegal. Almost 90 percent of those who voted were in favor of independence, but Madrid has declared the vote illegal.

Clashes as police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into polling stations, often violently removing activists, to confiscate ballots left at least 92 people confirmed injured out of a total of 844 who needed medical attention, according to Catalan authorities.

Just as he spoke to reporters, Catalans took to the streets of central Barcelona in droves to protest the violence, cutting roads to traffic and shouting: "The streets will always be ours", a phrase that has become the slogan of the pro-referendum movement.

He said that he was committed to the unity of Spain and added that the "irresponsible behavior" of the Catalan leaders had undermined social harmony in Catalonia.

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".

In response, the Spanish government in Madrid said it would not accept "blackmail" from the Catalan leader.

Over two million Catalans voted in the referendum which was ruled illegal under the constitution.

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ABC News reported that he also said the bid by authorities in Catalonia to push ahead with independence has "undermined coexistence" in the region.

"I want to highlight (to all of the citizens of Catalonia) that we live in a democratic state where anyone can defend their ideas, within their respect for the law".

Catalan President Carles Puigedemont has pledged to send the referendum results to Catalonia's parliament, which had previously vowed to declare independence within 48 hours of a "Yes" vote.

Several thousand people gathered outside Barcelona's town hall Tuesday morning where the executive of the autonomous Catalan government was meeting.

Pique, who has been booed by for years for his perceived support for Catalonian independence, posted a photo on Twitter that showed him voting in the banned independence refereSpanish national team fansndum on Sunday.

King Felipe the sixth was addressing the nation following a day of protests in Barcelona.

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