Catalonian voters back independence despite violent police crackdown Live updates

Catalonian voters back independence despite violent police crackdown Live updates

More than 2.2 million people across Catalonia cast their ballots in Sunday’s referendum, with an overwhelming majority choosing independence, despite Spain’s opposition. Amid a violent crackdown by the Civil Guard, almost 900 people were injured.
  • 02 October 2017

    11:22 GMT

    United Nations Human Rights chief Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad has urged Spanish authorities to “ensure thorough, independent and impartial investigations into all acts of violence, relating to Sunday’s referendum.”

    The response, he said, by Spanish police “must at all times be proportionate and necessary” and the situation must be resolved “through political dialogue with full respect for democratic freedoms.”

  • 11:20 GMT

    Catalonia’s regional leader, Carles Puigdemont, is demanding the removal of all Spanish national police from the region, according to Reuters.

    Spain’s Guardia Civil launched a forceful crackdown on voters and polling station administrators throughout Sunday.

  • 10:40 GMT

    Puigdemont said that Sunday’s result is binding. An estimated 90 percent of voters opted for Catalonian independence.

    The Catalonian leader also said he has had no contact with the Spanish government.

  • 10:31 GMT

    Former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has condemned the violence against Sunday’s voters. The club legend also said that the closed door match between Barcelona and Las Palmas should have been called off.

    “In Catalonia they have injured a lot of people, people who only went to schools to vote,” Reuters reports, citing a Monday interview with RAC1. “The images are not deceptive. There were people who went to vote and they were violently attacked.”

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    “Barcelona against Las Palmas should never have been played, not at all,” the Catalan said.

  • 09:46 GMT

    The EU Commission has called on “all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue” in a statement released Monday, adding that “under the Spanish Constitution, yesterday’s vote in Catalonia was not legal.”

    “Violence can never be an instrument in politics. We trust the leadership of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to manage this difficult process in full respect of the Spanish Constitution and of the fundamental rights of citizens enshrined therein,” the statement reads.

    Reuters reports that Jean Claude Juncker and Rajoy will talk Monday.

  • 09:16 GMT

    Spain could use its constitutional power to suspend Catalonian autonomy if it declares independence, Reuters reports Justice Minister Rafael Catala as saying.

    “The article 155 is there. We will use the entire force of the law,” Catala said during a TV interview on Monday. “Our obligation is to resolve problems and we’ll do it, even though using certain measures might hurt. But, if someone declares independence, well we’d have to tell them that they can’t.”

  • 09:14 GMT

    The government of Catalonia has said that 893 people are injured as a result of clashes between voters and Spanish police, during Sunday’s Catalonian independence referendum, Reuters reports.

    The referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish state, descended into violence when police blocked people from attending polling stations. In some instances Guardia Civil officers forcibly removed people from the premises.

  • 04:20 GMT

    Former Catalan President, Artur Mas said the brutality of the police during Sunday’s vote serves as “proof that the Spanish state has completely lost control.”

    “I think it’s pathetic, dramatic, unacceptable,” Mas said. “A democratic state in the 21st century cannot allow the police to act in a violent way when people here are simply willing to take a ballot and vote and decide the future of a country.”

  • 01:36 GMT

    The head of the Catalan European Democratic Party, Marta Pascal, has demanded an apology and the resignation of the government headed by Mariano Rajoy. She also called on the international community to intervene and be “part of a political solution.”

    “In the name of dignity, we demand that Rajoy leaves and asks for forgiveness,” the politician said. She added that the central government has failed to “assume any responsibility” for the police’s brutal tactics and has failed to stand “as [a] guarantor of the democratic system.”

  • 01 October 2017

    23:37 GMT

    The massive police crackdown “prevented” an estimated 770,000 people from voting, Catalan government said.

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