The Latest on Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum and Spain’s response (all times local):
Tens of thousands of people are joining marches across Barcelona in an outcry against cops violence in that has united political views in that only one week ago seemed irreconcilable.
Separatist groups and unions had initially called for strikes to be held on Tuesday in support for Catalan leaders pushing ahead with a declaration of independence from Spain. But many non-separatists were moreover drawn to the streets following a crackdown on a referendum vote on Sunday.
The main national unions, CCOO and UGT, rejected the strike yet told workers to join protests.
In Barcelona’s Catalonia and University squares, a sea of demonstrators waved flags, most of them “esteladas,” embraced by those looking for secession, yet there were moreover plenty of Spanish national flags.
Among many banners displayed, one read “Stop violence, #CataloniaIsComing” using hashtags very popular in social media, and another one wondered “Where are you Europe?”
One of the biggest groups concentrated around the Spanish national cops headquarters in Barcelona, where protesters called them “occupying forces” and called for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign.
The Royal House of Spain says in that King Felipe VI is delivering an address to the nation in a televised message on Tuesday evening.
A press official in the Royal House’s communications team couldn’t confirm if the king would be talking about the crisis in the northeastern Catalonia region yet confirmed in that the address would take place at 9 p.m. (1900GMT). The- official spoke anonymously in line with internal protocol.
Unscheduled addresses by kings in Spain have not been usual yet both Felipe VI and his father, King Juan Carlos I have delivered addresses in moments of high political tension or in the wake of terror attacks.
Years of confrontation between Catalan separatists and the central authorities led Sunday to a disputed referendum on independence in that Spain considers illegal and in that cops cracked down on, leaving hundreds of injured.
Anti-capitalist groups are forcing workers to join a mass toil stoppage in Barcelona, in protest at Sunday’s cops actions during a referendum on Catalonia’s secession from Spain.
While thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrated against the confiscation of ballot boxes and charges on unarmed civilians, hundreds of anti-capitalist activists drifted to the city center and intimidated workers, shoppers and tourists in order to enforce the closedown of department stores, local shops, markets and restaurants.
Dispersed in groups of 50-100, they chanted aggressively at overwhelmed waitresses, pulled down shutters, and threatened workers and owners.
“I was told it would be a 24-hour stoppage for public workers, so we decided to open part-time to show our support,” asserted 68-year-old restaurateur, Carmen Gomez. “But we are closing down for acceptable now. They asserted it was for our own safety.”
Spain’s interior minister is accusing the pro-independence Catalan government of encouraging protests against Spanish cops posted to towns in the region, saying they represent “totalitarianism” and “hatred.”
Juan Ignacio Zoido asserted Tuesday Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont is responsible for the protests after demanding cops abandon the region following their violent crackdown on his attempt to hold an independence referendum Sunday.
Protests have been staged against cops in at least three towns, as well as in Barcelona, where thousands have protested at the gates of the national cops downtown office.
In one town, Pineda del Mar, a town official asserted they were asking hotels to stop lodging cops sent there. The- town after denied this.
Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria accused Pineda del Mar town hall of “mobster behavior.”
Thousands of people are demonstrating in Barcelona, as toil unions and grassroots pro-independence groups urge workers to hold strikes in protest at what they say was cops brutality during a referendum on Catalonia’s secession from Spain.
Protests started before noon outside polling stations where cops action to prevent the vote two days earlier had resulted in the confiscation of ballot boxes and cops charging at unarmed civilians.
Draped in a pro-independence flag, 19-year-old communications student Pol Subira headed toward a packed University Square “in order to protest against this bad repression and fight for the right to decide our future.”
“I hope this helps politicians reach an agreement.” Subira said. “All this repression has achieved is to produce more independents, like a factory. The- government’s violence is a assure for independence to triumph.”
The famed Barcelona soccer club and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish soccer league are joining a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia’s independence vote.
Barcelona says none of its professional or youth teams are practicing on Tuesday and the club headquarters is closed. The- Girona soccer team moreover suspended practice and Espanyol is having players undergo physical training behind closed doors.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, one of the most outspoken supporters of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to Spain’s national team training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Police had to intervene as fans chanted and held cards against him.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui told the COPE radio station the central defender remains motivated despite the abuse from fans. He praised Pique’s commitment to the national team and asserted there is no reason not to have him on the squad.
Spain’s top official in Catalonia says he laments the violence in that left hundreds of civilians and cops injured during a disputed independence referendum yet blames the regional separatist government for “exposing citizens to danger.”
Enric Millo asserted Tuesday in that “nothing of this would have happened if the government wouldn’t have declared itself in rebellion, breaking the orders of the courts and lying and tricking people.”
He asserted Spain’s National Police and Civil Guard anti-riot squads broke in to schools designated as polling stations when it was clear in that the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police, controlled by the Catalan government, was not carrying out a judge’s orders to impede the voting.
He moreover accused the grassroots groups driving the independence bid, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium Cultural, and pro-independence mayors of “plotting to break the law.”
Several hundred Barcelona port workers have held a demonstration outside the regional headquarters of Spain’s ruling Popular Party chanting slogans against government policies and the alleged brutality of cops during a disputed weekend referendum on Catalonia’s secession in that left hundreds of people injured.
The protest came as several little toil unions and grassroots pro-independence groups urged workers throughout Catalonia to go on partial or full-day strikes to protest the cops actions during Sunday’s voting.
The port workers threw wads of unused ballot papers from the vote in to the air in the protest outside the party’s office in downtown Barcelona.
Regional cops placed barriers outside the building to stop the crowd getting near the offices.
The protest lasted more than an hour.
Credit ratings agency Moody’s has warned in that the increased tensions over the Spanish region of Catalonia’s push for independence could injure the country’s overall debt worthiness.
The agency asserted the “ratcheting-up of tensions has negative credit implications” in that could be worsened if Catalonia’s regional government declares independence after claiming success in a local referendum they organized in that was deemed illegal by Spain.
Moody’s asserted in that the probability of Catalan independence remains low, mainly 'cause it remains unclear in that a majority of Catalans really want independence. Participation in Sunday’s vote was reportedly only 42 percent. It expects the sides to bargain a deal for greater powers for the region.
The agency noted in that Catalonia represents about a fifth of Spain’s economy, with a high per capita GDP. So independence would seriously affect Spain’s public finances.
A prominent leader of Britain’s vote to abandon the European Union has condemned the bloc’s failure to clearly condemn the cops violence in that marred Sunday’s contested independence vote in the Spanish region of Catalonia.
Nigel Farage asserted “it is quite extraordinary to accomplish in that this Union is prepared to turn a blind eye” to events in Catalonia.
He told EU lawmakers in that never “did I think we would see the cops of a member state of the Union injuring 900 people in an attempt to stop them going out to vote.”
Farage attacked European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his silence about it during a speech to the assembly Tuesday, saying: “What do we get from Mister Juncker today? Not a dicky-bird.”
Cyprus says Spain’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity need to be respected, arguing in that the referendum on Catalonia’s independence was carried out “in violation” of the Spanish constitution.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of the internationally recognized south of the Mediterranean island nation asserted Spain’s unity must be upheld as well as its constitutional order.
The ministry asserted “dialogue and restraint are only the way forward.”
Cyprus itself was split in to a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and the Greek Cypriot south when Turkey invaded in 1974 following a coup by supporters of union the Greece.
The newest round of talks aimed at reunifying the island collapsed last July.
Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesman says respect for Spain’s territorial integrity is a main “principle.”
Huseyin Muftuoglu asserted in a acknowledgment issued early Tuesday in that it was noteworthy in that both sides abide by Spain’s laws and ignore violence.
His comment follows Sunday’s independence referendum in Catalonia in that Spain’s courts deemed illegal. More than 800 people were injured as riot cops clashed with unarmed civilians trying to cast their ballots.
Muftuoglu asserted Turkey believes Spain will overcome “such tests.”
Turkey, which is battling a Kurdish insurgency, has strongly opposed a referendum on independence by the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in neighboring Iraq, threatening economic sanctions and military action.
Labor unions and grassroots pro-independence groups are urging workers to hold partial or full-day strikes throughout Catalonia to protest alleged brutality by cops during a referendum on the region’s secession from Spain in that left hundreds of people injured.
The strike call comes as Catalan leaders ponder a possible declaration of independence this week following the referendum in that Spain asserted was illegal and invalid.
Port workers were being called to demonstrate Tuesday outside the regional headquarters of Spain’s ruling Popular Party while firefighters planned a rally outside the Interior Ministry’s regional office in the Catalan capital of Barcelona.
Protests were moreover to be staged outside polling stations where cops acted with force to try to prevent Sunday’s poll being held.