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Spanish king criticizes Catalan referendum

Spanish king criticizes Catalan referendum

A majority of Catalonia's 5.5 million voters want to have their say on the northeastern region's relationship with Spain, but the independence cause has lost support in recent years and surveys indicate less than 50 percent of the population would choose full self-rule. Some eight hours later in Cambrils, a city 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, an Audi A3 vehicle rammed into pedestrians, injuring six civilians - one of them critical - and a police officer, authorities said.

Spain's state prosecutor has summoned more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, in an escalation of Madrid's efforts to block the vote that it has declared illegal.

The state prosecutor has called for the mayors to be arrested if they fail to comply with the summons.

Jucker said on Thursday that Catalonia would not be able to join the European Union on the next day after a possibly successful independence vote and would have to undergo a standard accession procedure just like the states which have joined the bloc after 2004.

So far 712 out of 948 municipalities have agreed to participate by providing polling locations. David Rovira, the mayor of the small town of L'Espluga de Francoli, told AFP.

"If anyone urges you to go to a polling station, don't go", Rajoy said.

The king added that the rights of all Spaniards will be upheld against "whoever steps outside constitutional and statutory law".

And on Wednesday, the official referendum website was shut down following a court order, the Guardia Civil police force said, prompting Puigdemont to immediately tweet the address of a new website.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has pledged to stop the referendum and was granted a suspension by the Constitutional Court while judges decide on its legality.

The Spanish government's top representative in Catalonia has warned the regional president he may be committing a crime if he proceeds with plans to launch a campaign for an independence referendum.

Spain's central government is using judicial measures to try to stop the planned October 1 ballot, which it insists is unconstitutional, but regional authorities are trying to sidestep the legal obstacles.

Catalonia, which is roughly the size of Belgium and accounts for about one-fifth of Spain's economic output, already has significant powers over matters such as education and healthcare.

Polls suggest the referendum could go either way if ends up taking place.

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