Published: Sam, Octobre 07, 2017
International | By Oceane Deschanel

Residents of Barcelona react to referendum and ensuing violence — Watch

Residents of Barcelona react to referendum and ensuing violence — Watch

He also says the referendum results gives him a clear mandate.

It has been a dramatic few days in Catalan politics.

Gerard Pique was booed as he trained with Spain for the first time since voicing his support for Catalan independence. "We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue".

But after Sunday's violence it was a delicate balancing act for a Spanish sovereign. During the rallies, there were some disturbances and two police vehicles were thrashed.

The Foreign Office said the referendum was "a matter for the Spanish government and people".

Catalonia's President has claimed the autonomous region will declare independence from Spain "at the end of this week or the beginning of next". The fans have the right to express themselves.

"We strongly condemn the violence carried out by the state's security forces to impede the 1 October referendum", said a 44-strong group of organisations, including leading unions, in calling the strike.

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Puigdemont warned that the triggering of article 155 would be another in what he called "a long list of mistakes" by the Spanish government.

The king's televised speech is extremely unusual.

He has already announced that he will retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having grown tired of being criticised by Spain supporters.

Many businesses across Catalonia have closed for the day, with schools and medical centres also operating at minimal levels, if at all.

The King condemned the referendum this evening accusing Catalonian politicians of behaving irresponsibly and risking the entire country's economic stability.

Spain's financial markets have been shaken by the crisis.

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. Late on Sunday night, the Catalan regional government said 90 percent of Catalan voters chose independence. "They [European officials] have never wanted to listen to us".

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