Thousands rally in Spain to avoid Catalan split

  • Thousands rally in Spain to avoid Catalan split

Thousands rally in Spain to avoid Catalan split

Last Sunday, Rajoy sent thousands of police officers to stop the controversial and illegal vote.

Rallies are expected in Spain against Catalonian independence, after Sunday's disputed referendum.

When will it be declared?

About ten companies have chose to relocate their legal headquarters from Catalonia to other places in Spain over fears of an unilateral declaration of independence, local media reported on Saturday. They were then distributed from one trusted separatist to another, without any single person knowing who else was involved beyond their direct contacts to avoid the police from taking down the operation in one fell swoop.

"The government will ensure that any declaration of independence will lead to nothing".

The Catalan authorities say around 90 percent of those who voted supported a split from Spain. Those in favor of a unified Spain have also dismissed the referendum's results, noting that only 43% of the region's 5.3 million eligible voters participated.

"I'm very anxious. This will end badly and everyone will lose (without dialogue)".

Would it be independent immediately?

While senior EU lawmakers are warning that the Catalan crisis poses a bigger threat to the European Union than Brexit, Kristian Steinnes, Professor of modern European history with the Department of historical studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, does not see it as a potential danger to the EU.

But the Catalan government has not provided details regarding what means it has to assume the classic duties of a state such as border controls and defence.

The wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia, with its own language and culture, held a referendum on October 1 on independence, in defiance of the Spanish constitutional court which had ruled the vote illegal.

The next day CaixaBank said it was moving its domicile to Valencia to protect customers and staff due to "the current political and social situation in Catalonia". The mock referendum was negative for all. Like Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona - La Liga's two other Catalonia based clubs - showed their support for the region's bid for independence by closing their stadium, training ground and club shops on Tuesday in support of the general strike held by workers in Catalonia.

"People have the right to say, I'm Spanish, I'm proud of it and proud of my constitution", he said, adding that everyone in the country had a right to defend "your symbols, your flag, your hymn".

Thousands of people gathered Saturday in Madrid to defend the unity of Spain, the Constitution and the rule of law in the face of an independence challenge and a possibility of an imminent unilateral declaration of independence in Catalonia. "And the worst of all is nationalistic passion", Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian Nobel Prize victor, who spends much of his time in Spain, said according to local media.

Why Catalonians want independence?

Separatist sentiment surged after Spain's Constitutional Court in 2010 struck down parts of a Catalan autonomy charter that defined the region as a "nation".

The demonstration is scheduled to start at noon in Barcelona's Urquinaona square.

Puigdemont, a lifelong separatist, became president of Catalonia in January 2016.

Rajoy's government has repeatedly refused to grant Catalonia permission to hold a referendum on grounds that it is unconstitutional since it would only poll a portion of Spain's 46 million residents.