Catalonia to declare independence from Spain within days - region's chief

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain within days - region's chief

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain within days - region's chief

The European Parliament will hold a special debate on Wednesday on the issue.

"We're going to declare independence 48 hours after all the official results are counted", he said, according to a BBC translation. "This will probably finish once we get all the votes in from overseas at the end of the week and therefore we shall probably act over the weekend or early next week". ARMENPRESS reports, citing Bloomberg, traffic was cleared along the A-2 and AP-2 highways into the Catalan capital from Zaragoza and Madrid as of 4:25 p.m.

Hundreds of people were injured.

By Sunday night, almost 2.3 million of the region's 5.3 million voters had cast ballots.

Defender Gerard Pique, one of the most outspoken players defending the Catalans, teared up after the game as he talked about confrontations between voters and police. He was speaking shortly before the king's speech.

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The Catalan government has claimed victory in a contested referendum on independence from Spain.

Another demonstrator, David Pujol, 37, showed an injury to his leg that he said was caused by a rubber bullet.

Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, pointed to the voter turnout as a reason the vote did not happen.

But the 91-time Spain worldwide has the support of his coach, who is delighted with the way the centre-back has conducted himself.

"There are people who interpret the Constitution like the Bible, like it contains absolute truths, that it's more important than the will of the people", the Catalonian leader said.

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"I think in any democracy there has to be surely a legal way for people to express their view and therefore there should be a process of dialogue that allows Catalonia and the Spanish Government to decide the way forward here".

Catalonia's regional police have been accused of failing to rein in pro-independence protesters.

The European Commission Vice President has called on Spain and Catalonia to keep all lines of communications open, in order to find a solution to the current impasse following Sunday's controversial independence referendum for the region.

Barcelona said that none of its professional or youth teams will practise today, and the club headquarters will be closed as a reaction to government attempts to stop the referendum on Sunday. He said Brussels had been timid and lacked courage on the matter.

People shouted, "Long live free Catalonia, we are peaceful people and we only want to vote".

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