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'Catalonia is Spain': Protests snub call for Catalan independence

'Catalonia is Spain': Protests snub call for Catalan independence

Last night, the Spanish Prime Minister said he may use the constitution to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, if it declares independence.

Mr Vargas Llosa is also among 60 Spain-based intellectuals and academics who have signed an open letter asking the global community not to support the idea of external mediation as a solution to the crisis in Catalonia.

Tens of thousands of people gathered across Spain yesterday as Catalonia prepared to declare independence from the rest of the country, many dressed in white and calling for talks to defuse Spain's worst political crisis for decades.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has threatened to declare independence early next week, and hundreds of thousands of Catalan protesters marched in favor of splitting from Spain this week.

"I rule out absolutely nothing that is allowed for under the law", he said in an interview published in El Pais newspaper.

Demonstrators shout slogans and hold placards reading "Do we talk?" and "Time to talk" during a protest in front of Madrid City Hall under the slogan "Hablemos" in Spanish, "Parlem" in Catalan or "Let's talk" in English on Oct 7, 2017, in Madrid, Spain. He said suspension of Catalonia's autonomy may have to occur.

The support given in public statements by European Union leaders to Rajoy is combined with concern expressed in private about how the Spanish government's use of police to prevent Catalans from voting last week in the independence referendum could backfire.

According to the prime minister, "European values are at stake right now".

The Catalan authorities say around 90 percent of those who voted supported a split from Spain.

Bartomeu explains. It is now pursing a strategy that says, either Catalonia gives in completely or it unilaterally declares independence.

Another march, organised by the far right party Falange Espanola de las Jons in Salvador Dali Square in Madrid, saw protesters draping Spanish flags over themselves.

The referendum was declared illegal by Spanish authorities and turnout was only 43 per cent.

After Spains Constitutional Court suspended a session of the Catalan regional parliament set for Monday, which had been expected to endorse an independence declaration, the parliament said pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont would address the assembly on Tuesday.

The struggle over Catalonia represents a breakdown of the political pact that has held together modern Spain.

Caroline Gray meanwhile notes that the lack of the worldwide support has made Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his party doubt the decision to secede from Spain.

The constitution establishes "the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation, a common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards" whose "national sovereignty resides in the Spanish people".

Experts believe that Catalonia's referendum is "the situation has already caused a serious constitutional crisis" amid no clear timeline for an independence declaration and hesitations.

"The ideal situation would be that I don't have to find drastic solutions, but for that to happen there will have to be some rectifications (by Catalan leaders)", Rajoy said.

"We like how things have been up until now and want to go on like this".


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