Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

  • Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

The region's pro-independence president, Carles Puigdemont, who has said an independence declaration will come in a few days, is due to deliver a speech later Wednesday. FC Barcelona was among those to join the strike, with the club saying in a statement it "seeks to bring together all those people who on 1 October, whether they voted or not, were left indignant by the serious events which took place during the day of the Catalan referendum on independence". Almost 900 people were injured, the BBC reported.

On Tuesday, the Spanish monarch said, "They have broken the democratic principles of every rule of law and have undermined harmony and coexistence in Catalan society itself, unfortunately coming to divide it".

An EU lawmaker from Poland's ruling party accused the EU of double standards for pressuring Warsaw but not Madrid - and several other eurosceptic and nationalist members also said the EU had not criticised Spanish police action firmly enough.

Earlier on Wednesday, Spanish members of the European Union parliament traded accusations over whether leaders in Barcelona or Madrid were responsible for the crisis.

Those who participated in Sunday's ballot voted overwhelmingly for independence, a result that was expected since residents who favour remaining part of Spain mainly boycotted the referendum.

Barcelona's Mayor Ada Colau said she is sad but resigned, rejecting a unilateral declaration of independence and also rejecting a suspension of Catalonia's autonomy, Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.

"With their decisions", he continued, "they have repeatedly broken the law systematically showing an inadmissible disloyalty to the powers of the state".

"Nothing of this would have happened if the (Catalan) government hadn't declared itself in rebellion, breaking the orders of the courts and lying and tricking people", Spain's top official in Catalonia, Enric Millo, told journalists on Tuesday.

"I disagree with the strike". "We must stop the violence and confrontations", he said. "We are suffering this because a few chose to behave in an improper way". Spain's conservative government has said it will respond with "all necessary measures" to counter Catalan defiance, and is holding talks with opposition leaders to forge a consensus over what to do in response.

At the time, Carmen assured me that there would be no war, but two years later, Western Europe's newest democracy stands on the brink.

Almost 900 people were hurt as police violently tried to enforce a Spanish court order suspending the vote, which the government had declared illegal. Police using batons, and some firing rubber bullets, cleared protesters hoping to vote in the referendum.

Spain's financial markets have been shaken by the crisis.