Catalonia will declare independence in days, says region's president

Catalonia will declare independence in days, says region's president

"Madrid says it's not possible to show reliable figures", said Caroline Gray, a lecturer in politics and Spanish at Aston University in the U.K. "It certainly wasn't done in the normal way for a referendum".

Regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said the monarch's criticism of Sunday's illegal referendum, with no reference to the police violence that saw more than 800 people injured, had given a "free bar" to state forces as they try to shut down the secessionists.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, defended police actions - which included the use of truncheons and shooting of rubber bullets - and praised officers for their "firmness and serenity" in upholding the rule of law.

Speaking during a visit to Aberdeen, Ms Sturgeon said: "I think dialogue now has to replace the kind of confrontation we have seen".

"If he says 'as of tomorrow Catalonia will be an independent state', this will be seen as very confrontational to the Spanish Government".

Catalan officials said 90 per cent of the 2.26 million people who took part in the vote backed independence.

Madrid's right-wing Partido Popular (PP) government looks set to continue its intransigent approach to the separatist movement, hoping it will ignite Spanish nationalist sentiments and place the country's Left in a difficult position.

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According to multiple reports in Spain, LaLiga authorities and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) wanted the fixture to go ahead as planned.

'They have placed themselves totally outside the law and democracy, ' he said of the Catalan leadership.

The standoff is also escalating tensions between the central and regional governments.

He is due to make a statement on TV at 9pm local time on Wednesday.

Most European governments haven't backed Catalonia's independence, fearing the same thing could happen in other nations.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has praised Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's commitment to the national team.

The Catalan giants would have forfeited the fixture if they had opted not to play and faced a potential six-point penalty from La Liga.

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