Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Protests but no talks as Catalonia crisis goes down to wire

Protests but no talks as Catalonia crisis goes down to wire

What's happening? The repercussions of last week's illegal and chaotic referendum on whether Catalonia should split from Spain, marked by clashes between national police and locals, are still being felt. Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said that about 930,000 people had gathered, adding that "for some time now, nationalism has been wreaking havoc in Catalonia and that's why we're here, to stop it".

Colau said Spain was amid its "worst institutional crisis since democracy began" and said Spain's political representatives should "find a solution that is inclusive and up to standards we have been living". Experts believe, however, that in the event of independence recognized, the Europeans would have no interest to go to the end of the " doctrine Prodi ". They consider that it is not good to turn in on themselves and that it is preferable for the Catalan and Spanish people to unite at Spanish national level, and more largely within the European Union.

However, SNP MEP Alyn Smith urged caution and said a declaration of independence from Catalonia would not help its cause at the moment, and that the Catalan and Spanish governments urgently need to open up a dialogue.

However, opponents of the referendum say the vote did not show the true will of the region because those who want to stay in Spain mainly boycotted the polls. It is home to 7.5 million people and accounts for about a fifth of Spain's economy.

Monday meeting was suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court to pre-empt a hypothetical push for independence.

The country's courts judged the vote to be illegal and unconstitutional but the regional Catalan government chose to press ahead with it.

Catalonia, which has its own language and culture and is led by a pro-independence regional government, held a referendum on October 1 over secession in defiance of Spain's constitutional court, which had declared the vote illegal.

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Barcelona police said 350,000 took part in Sunday's march.

So what happens if Catalonia's government declares independence anyway, possibly as early as Tuesday - or what if it doesn't?

Unionists and their supporters took to the streets of Barcelona to protest any moves toward independence as a result of Catalonia's referendum vote, with a number of demonstrators raising their right arms in fascists salutes, according to the Daily Mail.

Rajoy was forced to apologize on Friday, but many in Catalan say the crackdown has only fueled their desire for independence.

Sandra White MSP, who was in Catalonia, criticised the inaction from the European Union following the vote.

Marta Gimenez, a recent law school graduate who works for a major Spanish bank, said that the secessionists keep talking about how Catalonia is oppressed.

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