Catalan referendum: Spain segment ‘not seeking dire split’

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont speaks during a news discussion in Barcelona. Photo: 2 Oct 2017Image copyright
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Carles Puigdemont appealed for general intervention to assistance solve a flourishing crisis

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has pronounced he is not formulation a “traumatic” apart with Spain, after a doubtful liberty referendum on Sunday.

He pronounced he wanted a new bargain with a executive supervision in Madrid.

Catalan officials contend electorate overwhelmingly corroborated secession. Madrid has warned it could postpone liberty of a rich north-eastern region.

Spain’s tip probity criminialized a opinion and roughly 900 people were harm as Spanish troops attempted to stop it going ahead.

Officers from a inhabitant troops and paramilitary Civil Guard seized list papers and boxes during a series of polling stations.

Thirty-three troops officers were harmed on Sunday, Catalan medical officials said.

Media captionCatalans sing their anthem ‘Els Segadors’, or ‘The Reapers’

More than 2.2 million people were reported to have voted, according to Catalan authorities, out of 5.3 million purebred voters.

Just underneath 90% of those who voted corroborated independence, they said.

A Catalan orator pronounced some-more than 750,000 votes could not be counted since polling stations were hermetic and urns were confiscated. Turnout was put during 42.3%.

Given a pell-mell inlet of a vote, a audience and voting total should be taken with a splash of salt, says a BBC’s Tom Burridge in Barcelona.

More than 40 trade unions and Catalan associations called a region-wide strike on Tuesday due to “the grave defilement of rights and freedoms”.

What has a Catalan personality said?

At a news discussion on Monday, Mr Puigdemont said: “We don’t wish a dire break… We wish a new bargain with a Spanish state”.

Mr Puigdemont, who progressing pronounced Catalonia had won a right to statehood and a doorway was now open to a uneven stipulation of independence, pronounced he had had no hit with a supervision in Madrid led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The Catalan personality also announced that he was environment adult a elect to examine Sunday’s assault and was holding authorised movement opposite inhabitant police.

Media captionRiot troops were seen regulating batons and kicking people to retard voting

And Mr Puigdemont appealed for general intervention to assistance solve a flourishing crisis.

How has Madrid reacted?

Mr Rajoy spoke of a “mockery” of democracy, observant that Catalans had been fooled into holding partial in a bootleg vote.

“At this hour we can tell we in a strongest terms what we already know and what we have seen around this day. There has not been a referendum on self-determination in Catalonia,” he pronounced on Sunday.

The primary apportion is now approaching to reason obligatory talks with Pedro Sanchez, a personality of a categorical antithesis Socialist party, as good as Albert Rivera, a conduct of a centrist Ciudadanos party.

Meanwhile, Spain’s probity apportion warned that any stipulation of liberty could lead to essay 155 of a country’s structure being invoked, that allows a inhabitant supervision to meddle in a regulating of an unconstrained region.

“We are not here to sequence Spaniards… though if someone tries to announce liberty on interest of a partial of Spain’s territory, that can't be finished since it is over their powers,” pronounced Rafael Catalá.

What happens next?

Analysis: Tom Burridge, BBC News, Barcelona

Spain’s formidable attribute with a segment of Catalonia is headed for a unknown.

After assault by Spanish police, a stipulation of liberty by Catalonia’s informal supervision seems some-more expected than ever before.

Given a pell-mell inlet of a vote, audience and voting total should be taken with a splash of salt. On Monday a supervision in Madrid will reason talks with Spanish parties to plead a response to a biggest domestic predicament this republic has seen in decades.

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Meanwhile, a European Commission described a predicament as “an inner matter” for Spain, that has to be dealt with in line with a inherent order.

“We trust a care of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to conduct this formidable process,” it pronounced in a statement, propelling all applicable players to pierce from fight to dialogue.

How bad was a violence?

TV images showed Spanish troops kicking would-be electorate and pulling women out of polling stations by their hair.

Officials pronounced 893 people had been harm in clashes, including 33 police. The infancy had teenager injuries or had suffered from stress attacks.

In Girona, demonstration troops crushed their approach into a polling hire where Mr Puigdemont was due to vote, and forcibly private those inside. He voted during another station.

The BBC’s Tom Burridge witnessed troops being chased away from one polling counter in Barcelona after they had raided it.

TV footage showed demonstration troops regulating batons to kick a organisation of firefighters who were safeguarding crowds in Girona.

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This lady suffered a conduct damage in Barcelona

The inhabitant troops and Guardia Civil – a troops force charged with troops duties – were sent into Catalonia in vast numbers to forestall a vote.

The Catalan troops – a Mossos d’Esquadra – have been placed underneath Madrid’s control. However, witnesses pronounced they showed small desire to use force on protesters.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, who voted vacant on Sunday, cursed troops actions opposite a region’s “defenceless” population, though Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria pronounced troops had “acted with professionalism and in a proportional way”.

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The Mossos d’Esquadra are hold in high venerate by Catalans

Large crowds of liberty supporters collected in a centre of a informal collateral Barcelona on Sunday evening, fluttering flags and singing a Catalan anthem.

Anti-independence protesters have also hold rallies in Barcelona and other Spanish cities.

How most voting took place?

Catalan authorities pronounced 319 of about 2,300 polling stations opposite a segment had been hermetic by troops while a Spanish supervision pronounced 92 stations had been hermetic off.

Since Friday, thousands of people have assigned schools and other buildings designated as polling stations in sequence to keep them open.

Media captionVoters try to stop troops seizing ballots. Some shouted: “We will vote! We are pacific people”

Many of those inside were relatives and their children, who remained in a buildings after a finish of lessons on Friday and bedded down in sleeping bags on gym mats.

The anti-independence Societat Civil pronounced there were voting irregularities, including a same people voting twice.

Catalonia, a segment of 7.5 million people, has a possess denunciation and culture.

It also has a high grade of autonomy, though is not recognized as a apart republic underneath a Spanish constitution.