The Newest on Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum & Spain’s response (all times local):
Spain’s inside minister is accusing the pro-independence Catalan authorities of encouraging protests against Spanish cops officers published to towns within the region, saying they represent “totalitarianism” & “hatred.”
Juan Ignacio Zoido stated Tues. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont is liable for the protests after demanding cops officers abandon the region following their violent crackdown on his try and hold an independence referendum Sun..
Protests have been staged against cops officers in no less than three towns, in addition to in Barcelona, where hundreds have protested at the gates of the national cops officers downtown workplace.
In a single town, Pineda del Mar, a town official stated they have been asking hotels to stop lodging cops officers sent there. The- town after denied this.
Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria accused Pineda del Mar town hall of “mobster conduct.”
Hundreds of demonstrating in Barcelona, as toil unions & grassroots pro-independence groups urge staff to hold strikes in protest at what they are saying was cops officers brutality throughout a referendum on Catalonia’s secession from Spain.
Protests started before midday outside polling stations where cops officers action to forestall the vote two days earlier had resulted within the confiscation of ballot boxes & cops officers charging at unarmed civilians.
Draped in a pro-independence flag, 19-year-old communications student Pol Subira headed towards a packed College Sq. “as a way to protest against this ruthless repression & fight for the right to come to a decision our future.”
“I hope this helps politicians reach an agreement.” Subira stated. “All this repression has achieved is to produce more independents, like a factory. The- authorities’s violence is a assure for independence to triumph.”
The famed Barcelona soccer club & the 2 different Catalan clubs within the Spanish soccer league are joining a strike to protest the Spanish authorities’s actions in Catalonia’s independence vote.
Barcelona states none of its skilled or youth teams are practicing on Tues. & the club headquarters is closed. The- Girona soccer team additionally suspended practice & Espanyol is having players bear physical training behind closed doors.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, one of the outspoken supporters of Catalans, was harassed by fans Mon. when he reported to Spain’s national team training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Police officers had to intervene as fans chanted & 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 dedication to the national team & stated there isn’t a reason to not have him on the squad.
Spain’s top official in Catalonia states he laments the violence in that left a whole lot of civilians & cops officers injured throughout a disputed independence referendum still blames the regional separatist authorities for “exposing citizens to danger.”
Enric Millo stated Tues. in that “nothing of this might have took place if the authorities would not have declared itself in rebellion, breaking the orders of the courts & lying & tricking people.”
He stated Spain’s National Police officers & Civil Guard anti-riot squads broke in to schools designated as polling stations when it was clear in that the regional Mossos d’Esquadra cops officers, controlled by the Catalan authorities, wasn’t finishing up a judge’s orders to impede the voting.
He additionally accused the grassroots groups driving the independence bid, the National Catalan Meeting & Omnium Cultural, & pro-independence mayors of “plotting to break the law.”
Several hundred Barcelona port staff have held an indication outside the regional headquarters of Spain’s ruling Popular Party bash chanting slogans against authorities policies & the asserted brutality of cops officers throughout a disputed weekend referendum on Catalonia’s secession in that left a whole lot of individuals injured.
The protest came as several little toil unions & grassroots pro-independence groups urged staff all through Catalonia to go on partial or full-day strikes to protest the cops officers actions throughout Sun.’s voting.
The port staff threw wads of unused ballot papers from the vote in to the air within the protest outside the party bash’s workplace in downtown Barcelona.
Regional cops officers positioned barriers outside the building to stop the gang getting near the offices.
The protest lasted greater 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 might injure the country’s general debt worthiness.
The agency stated the “ratcheting-up of tensions has destructive credit implications” in that could possibly be worsened if Catalonia’s regional authorities declares independence after claiming success in an area referendum they organized in that was deemed unlawful by Spain.
Moody’s stated in that the chance of Catalan independence remains low, mainly since it remains unclear in that a majority of Catalans really want independence. Participation in Sun.’s vote was reportedly solely 42 %. It expects the edges to bargain a deal for higher 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 considerably have an effect on Spain’s public finances.
A outstanding leader of Britain’s vote to go away the European Union has condemned the bloc’s failure to clearly condemn the cops officers violence in that marred Sun.’s contested independence vote within the Spanish region of Catalonia.
Nigel Farage stated “it’s quite extraordinary to understand in that this Union is ready to turn a blind eye” to events in Catalonia.
He told EU lawmakers in that by no means “did I feel we would see the cops officers of a member state of the Union injuring 900 people in an try and stop them going out to vote.”
Farage attacked European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his silence about it throughout a speech to the meeting Tues., saying: “What can we get from Mister Juncker today? Not a dicky-bird.”
Cyprus states Spain’s national sovereignty & territorial integrity must be revered, arguing in that the referendum on Catalonia’s independence was carried out “in violation” of the Spanish constitution.
In a press release, the Foreign Ministry of the internationally acknowledged south of the Mediterranean island nation stated Spain’s unity must be upheld in addition to its constitutional order.
The ministry stated “dialogue & restraint are solely the best way forward.”
Cyprus itself was split right in to a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north & the Greek Cypriot south when Turkey invaded in 1974 following a coup by supporters of union the Greece.
The newest spherical of talks aimed toward reunifying the island collapsed last Jul..
Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesman states respect for Spain’s territorial integrity is a main “precept.”
Huseyin Muftuoglu stated in a press release issued early Tues. in that it was mandatory in that each side abide by Spain’s laws & keep away from violence.
His remark follows Sun.’s independence referendum in Catalonia in that Spain’s courts deemed unlawful. Greater than 800 people have been injured as riot cops officers clashed with unarmed civilians making an attempt to cast their ballots.
Muftuoglu stated 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 & military action.
Labor unions & grassroots pro-independence groups are urging staff to hold partial or full-day strikes all through Catalonia to protest asserted brutality by cops officers throughout a referendum on the region’s secession from Spain in that left a whole lot of individuals injured.
The strike call comes as Catalan leaders ponder a potential declaration of independence this current week following the referendum in that Spain stated was unlawful & invalid.
Port staff have been being referred to as to exhibit Tues. outside the regional headquarters of Spain’s ruling Popular Party bash while firefighters planned a rally outside the Inside Ministry’s regional workplace within the Catalan capital of Barcelona.
Protests have been additionally to be staged outside polling stations where cops officers acted with force to try to forestall Sun.’s poll being held.