Catalonia will declare independence in days, says region's president

Catalonia will declare independence in days, says region's president

Catalonia will declare independence in days, says region's president

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

Catalonia's leader said 90% of voters backed independence from Spain, but the central government has vowed to stop the wealthy northeastern region - which accounts for a fifth of Spain's economy - from breaking away, dismissing the poll as a "farce".

Addressing the European parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European commission, said the images emerging from Catalonia were saddening but it was clear that the regional government had "chosen to ignore the law" when organising the referendum.

SPAIN is facing a political and constitutional crisis after Catalans voted in favour of independence in a contested referendum that descended into chaos when police launched a widespread and violent crackdown.

The Spanish government has described the referendum as illegal.

Barcelona's port was at a standstill, trade union sources said.

More than 800 people were injured after Spanish police stormed polling stations and tried to forcibly prevent people from voting, firing tear gas and physically attacking prospective voters.

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In response, King Felipe VI accused Catalan leaders of shattering democratic principles and dividing society.

But the 91-time Spain global has the support of his coach, who is delighted with the way the centre-back has conducted himself. Violence can never be an instrument in politics'.

The Catalan government announced that the independence referendum had been approved by 90 percent of nearly 2.3 million voters, but it said that it would await final returns before declaring the result official.

He also said it was the duty of any Government to uphold the rule of law and sometimes that requires the "proportionate use of force".

"While that's the position of Spain, I understand that, you can not simply ignore the kind of strength of feeling that we've seen expressed".

King Felipe of Spain denounced the Catalan government for destabilizing the country as the leader of the regional government repeated his intention to declare independence within days.

SGR, which is sister company of Sphere Consulting, began work in August for the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the U.S. under a three-month contract worth $60K.

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