Catalonia independence: Thousands march in Barcelona and Madrid in show of unity after police referendum violence

‘I’ve come as a result of I really feel very Spanish and makes me very unhappy what’s occurred’

Hundreds of individuals gathered in Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday as Catalonia ready to declare independence from the remainder of Spain after police responded with violence to final week’s referendum.

Many confirmed their help for a peaceable resolution following the clashes with police by dressing in white, carrying doves and indicators calling for talks to resolve Spain’s worst political disaster in a long time.

The rich north-eastern area of Catalonia, with its personal language and tradition, has lengthy claimed to be distinct from the remainder of the nation and final Sunday held a referendum on leaving Spain, a vote the constitutional courtroom had banned and the Authorities won’t recognise.

The Catalan authorities declare the overwhelming majority of those that voted supported a cut up from Spain, one thing Madrid says is prohibited beneath the nation’s 1978 structure.

The political stand-off has divided the nation and triggered financial ructions, prompting banks and corporations to maneuver their headquarters exterior Catalonia.

These anxious for the nation to stay united waved the Spanish flag and carried indicators with slogans together with: “Catalonia we love you.”

“I’ve come as a result of I really feel very Spanish and makes me very unhappy what’s occurred,” Rosa Borras, 47, an unemployed secretary who had joined a loud gathering in central Madrid.

She added: “I wished to be right here for unity, as a result of I additionally really feel very Catalan. My household lives in Catalonia.”

Whereas Catalan chief Carles Puigdemont has mentioned he’s open to mediation, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insists the area should quit its name for independence which generated help throughout a near-six yr financial disaster in Spain, earlier than he’ll meet for talks.

Mr Rajoy’s authorities mobilised hundreds of nationwide police to attempt to cease Sunday’s vote going forward, resulting in clashes with would-be voters as they tried to shut polling stations in faculties and take away poll bins.

The police brutality drew widespread condemnation and compelled the Authorities to problem an apology, though tensions continued to rise after reviews that plans for a unilateral declaration of independence shall be handed to the Catalan parliament on Tuesday.

The disaster has alarmed Spain’s EU companions, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing the matter with European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker, an EU official advised Reuters.

Concern is mounting throughout the governments of different EU nations in regards to the unfavourable affect of the disaster on the Spanish financial system, the fourth largest within the euro zone, with fears of potential knock-on results for neighbouring economies.

European finance ministers are assembly in Brussels this week for a routine assembly and are anticipated to debate the difficulty, though it isn’t formally on the agenda.

EU leaders have provided public help to to the Spanish authorities however in non-public many are understood to have expressed concern over using police drive to attempt to forestall the vote.

Some EU states are additionally nervous that discuss of Catalan independence might gasoline secessionist emotions in different elements of Europe, and are anxious for a political resolution to be discovered as rapidly as potential.