Pique is committed to Spain — Viera

06 Octobre, 2017, 01:37 | Auteur: Aubrey Nash
  • Reuters              Plaza Catalunya after voting ended for the banned independence referendum in Barcelona Spain

Legally speaking: The vote is non-binding.

A spokeswoman for the Left-wing CUP party, part of the majority in the separatist assembly, said that Monday's session would see "a proclamation of independence and the Catalan republic".

"We perfectly understand that many of our members and fans would have preferred the option of calling off the match", said Bartomeu.

Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group said in an email: "Spanish politics is acting as a drag on the positive read-across from the record highs on Wall Street". "Europe knows this better than anywhere else ..."

Barcelona's port was at a standstill, trade union sources said. Madrid officials said 39 police officers were treated for injuries, with another 392 suffering scrapes and bruises.

Protest rallies are also taking place in other major cities and towns of the north-eastern autonomous region.

European Council President Donald Tusk said he had spoken to Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and had 'appealed to find ways to avoid further escalation and use of force'.

It came after the 30-year-old Catalan voted in the referendum on Sunday and later condemned the widespread brutality of police in trying to prevent others from doing so.

It took EU leaders more than a day to come up with comments after police brutality during the Catalan referendum.

Given the chaotic nature of the vote, the turnout and voting figures should be taken with a pinch of salt, says the BBC's Tom Burridge in Barcelona.

The violence and clashes are not likely to end soon.

A day after the Catalan referendum, marred by disturbing images of the Spanish police's harsh response, Spain faces a constitutional crisis and the question on everyone's mind is "what now"?

The leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, told a news conference Monday that international mediation is needed to resolve the dispute.

"We thank both of them for their dedication during all their years of service to the club". "They [Catalan leaders] have infringed the system of legally approved rules with their decisions, showing an unacceptable disloyalty towards the powers of the state", he added, emphasizing the importance of preserving Spain's national unity.

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