Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

European Parliament Debates Results of Catalonia Independence Referendum

European Parliament Debates Results of Catalonia Independence Referendum

Puigdemont's comments came as Spain's king made a rare intervention in the country's politics.

"We know that there may be disbarments, arrests".

"In the case of independence, the club and the members would have to decide in which league we would play", Bartomeu said.

Catalonia's regional government is mulling when to declare the region's independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum that has triggered Spain's most serious national crisis in decades.

"Therefore we will act over the weekend or early next week", he said.

Mr Timmermans said while it was understandable that people wanted to express their views, "one opinion is not more valuable than another because it is expressed more loudly".

Authorities in Madrid insisted the police response had been proportionate.

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"We are completely silenced", she said.

"What is that other than an authoritarian state?" The region enjoyed a large amount of autonomy after the death of fascist dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 when the region agreed to be an autonomous community within the Spain when the country was transitioning into a democracy.

"These are hard times, but we will get over them and go forward, because we believe in our country and are proud of what we are".

Spain's IBEX stock index fell below 10,000 points for the first time since March 2015 as bank stocks also tumbled amid the ongoing standoff.

Wary of interfering in Spain's domestic affairs, the EU representatives called for talks between the government in Madrid and Catalan authorities, but shied away from suggesting that the bloc could play a peacemaking role, despite appeals from Catalonia for European mediation. These are very complex moments, but we will move forward.

The Catalan government says 90 percent of the roughly 2.26 million people who cast ballots voted in favor of separating from Spain.

The Catalan leader is due to make a statement at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Wednesday.

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Carles Puigdemont pledged to defy Madrid and implement the results of Sunday's banned independence referendum which went ahead despite a violent crackdown by Spanish police that left 900 people injured. The bloody scenes brought worldwide condemnation.

Catalan is Spain's richest region and has its own language, police force and parliament. Carbonell walked two hours to join protesters in Barcelona's University Square as public transportation was shut down and taxi service was extremely limited. Stoppages also affected production at Nestle's instant coffee plant in Girona.

Manfred Weber, head of the European People's Party (EPP) group - and a key ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel - said what the continent needed was "not more nationalism but more cooperation".

The Spanish government has described the referendum as illegal. "The resolve of regional officials in Catalonia to announce independence from Spain has caught markets off-guard".

"Today, the Catalan society is fractured", the king said, warning that the poll could put at risk the economy of the wealthy autonomous north-eastern region and the whole of Spain.

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

He was ordered to appear with three others: his deputy Teresa Laplana and the leaders of pro-independence groups Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez.

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