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Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence

07 Octobre 2017

Residents of Barcelona who were beaten by police officers on their way to the ballots say they will continue to fight for independence from Spain.

"Violence can never be an instrument in politics".

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Barcelona, said: "Many people are saying that the mandate, as they see it, of the referendum needs to be accepted and mirrored by the Catalan parliament".

Rafael Nadal has revealed his deep angst over the events that unfolded surrounding the Catalan independence referendum in his home country.

"This moment calls for mediation", he said.

"We know that there may be disbarments, arrests".

The EU executive called again on Wednesday for the Spanish government and Catalan authorities to open a dialogue.

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Among Catalans who voted 90% backed leaving Spain, but turnout for the referendum was only a little more than 40%.

Nadal, a national hero in Spain who had spoken out before the referendum to condemn it, was visibly moved as he addressed a press conference in Beijing.

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain within days, the region's president has said.

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

Madrid says it will not formally recognise an independence declaration, reports The Guardian.

The attempt to stop the vote came after Spain's Constitutional Court ruled that the referendum violated the country's constitution because it "does not recognize the right to self-determination and establishes that sovereignty resides with Spanish citizens collectively", according to the Washington Post. "Despite how much they are incited, and despite how much they (the Spanish authorities and security forces) want them to fall into the trap, they have demonstrated peacefully and sung loud and clear". The team went on to win 3-0 in what the 30-year-old described as his "hardest game", the BBC reported. The country was later rocked by an attempted coup in 1981 that was faced down by Felipe's father, King Juan Carlos.

Catalonia goes on strike to protest independence