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Barcelona demand respect for wishes of the Catalan people amid referendum tensions

Barcelona demand respect for wishes of the Catalan people amid referendum tensions

The country's constitutional court said such a declaration would be "a breach of the constitution".

Catalonia's regional government is mulling when to declare the region's independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum that has triggered Spain's most serious national crisis in decades.

An independence referendum was held in the prosperous Spanish region of Catalonia on Sunday, despite the central government in Madrid labeling it "unconstitutional".

Catalonia's regional parliament called the meeting on Monday to evaluate the results of the referendum.

The socialists won nearly 13 percent of the vote in the 2015 election, and have 13 MPs in the 135-seat regional parliament. Spanish police left over 900 voters and others injured as they tried to stop the vote, and say over 400 police were left with bruises. Officials put the vote in support of independence at almost 90%, but official results have not yet been released.

Lawyers representing the regional parliament had also warned that the session would technically be illegal because it planned to discuss the results of a referendum that had been previously suspended by the Constitutional Court.

"The government will not negotiate over anything illegal and will not accept blackmail", said a statement from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office.

Sunday's crackdown by Spanish police, Mr Rajoy's hardline stance and an uncharacteristically strong intervention this week by Spain's King Felipe VI seems to have deepened Catalonia's resolve to continue with the project.

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According to local authorities, around 90 percent of the voters said "yes" to cutting ties with Spain in the plebiscite, in which less than half of the Catalan population participated.

The suspension order further aggravated one of the biggest political crises to hit Spain since the establishment of democracy.

Regardless of the merits of independence, we should all condemn the atrocities of the police in preventing the Catalonians from exercising their right to vote, and the unforgivable acts of brutality used to subjugate their own citizens.

European Union: According to The Washington Post, the European Union saw the independence referendum as a violation of Spanish law, and anxious about how the move would affect relations between Spain and Catalonia.

The ruling came after a legal challenge by the Socialists' Party of Catalonia, which opposes secession, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

On Tuesday, some 700,000 people took to the streets in Barcelona against police violence during Sunday's vote.

He claimed that the king had rejected a moderating role granted to him by the Spanish constitution, the BBC reported.