Catalan Police Chief Probed For Alleged 'Sedition'

  • Catalan Police Chief Probed For Alleged 'Sedition'

Catalan Police Chief Probed For Alleged 'Sedition'

Barcelona's Catalan defender Gerard Pique was targeted by angry Spain fans on Monday as he took part in an open training session with the national team the day after the Catalonia independence referendum that was declared illegal by the Government.

"This moment calls for mediation", he said.

Catalonia's separatist leadership said nothing would stop it setting up an independent republic, dismissing the condemnation of Spanish King Felipe VI as the breakaway region's president prepared to deliver his own address last night. Almost 90 percent of those who voted were in favor of independence, but Madrid has declared the vote illegal.

King Felipe didn't mention the nearly 900 people who reportedly required medical care after Spanish police and security forces tried to prevent Catalans from voting Sunday, causing violent clashes.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Catalonia have been protesting over Spanish police violence during the vote, during which almost 900 people were hurt, including 33 police officers.

Addressing the nation after days of unrest, King Felipe said the region's leaders had behaved irresponsibly and are risking the whole country's economic stability.

Catalan regional Vice-President, Oriol Junqueras, left, and Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, attend during a protest called by pro-independence outside of the Palau Generalitat in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Not withstanding the many hurdles the referendum process faced and the scenes we saw yesterday, the overwhelming majority of people who did vote yesterday voted for independence.

Puigdemont said Catalonia did not want a "traumatic break" with Madrid.

Mr Puigdemont must return to the path of law before any negotiation could take place, it said said in a statement (in Spanish).

Catalan President Puigdemont will make a televised address at 9 p.m. on Wednesday following a makeshift independence referendum on October 1.

The four include regional police chief officer Josep Lluis Trapero and Jordi Sanchez, the head of the Catalan National Assembly that has been the main civic group behind the independence movement.