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Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

Rajoy demands clarity from Catalan leader

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Spain's Prime Minister Rajoy says he has asked Catalan leader to confirm whether or not he has declared independenceThis breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - World
Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'

Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".Meanwhile, Spain's King Felipe VI said the vote's organisers had put themselves "outside the law".He said the situation in Spain was "extremely serious", calling for unity.Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount. The Spanish High Court said it had begun an investigation into key Catalan figures on Wednesday on suspicion of sedition - inciting rebellion against the state - including the head of Catalonia's regional police. Josep Lluis Tr...
Spain's king: Catalan leaders broke the law

Spain's king: Catalan leaders broke the law

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Spain's king has said the leaders of Catalonia have broken the law and shown an inadmissible lack of loyalty.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.He went on to back Spain's government, saying the Catalan referendum for independence was illegal and undemocratic, and adding that the state needs to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law."Today Catalan society is fractured and in conflict," he said, referring to the crisis as a "very serious moment for our democratic life".Video:Why these people don't feel SpanishKing Felipe made the address on the day of a massive Catalan general strike, held on Tuesday in protest at Spain's response to the weekend's referendu...
Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'

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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the region has won the right to statehood following Sunday's contentious referendum which was marred by violence.He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence.Hundreds of people were injured as Spanish police used force to try to block voting.The Spanish government had pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.Police officers prevented some people from voting, and seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations."With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form a republic," Mr Puigdemont said in a televised address flanked by other senior Catalan leaders."My government, in the next few days will send the res...
Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalonia's independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place.The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.In the regional capital Barcelona, witnesses said police had fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests.Thirty-eight people have been injured, most of them lightly, say Catalan emergency services.Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has condemned the "unjustifiable violence" of the Spanish state.How is the day unfolding?The ballot papers contain just one question: "Do you want Catal...