Catalonia keeps Spain guessing on independence declaration

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Carme Forcadell said the parliament had taken no decision yet on whether Monday's session would go ahead.

The speaker of Catalan's parliament blasted back that the constitutional court's ruling harms freedom of expression.

According to Catalan officials, more than 2.2 million people voted on Sunday and that almost 90 per cent of them backed independence. 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.

And according to opinion polls, 80 percent of Catalans want to vote in a legal referendum, even if less than half are actually in favour of independence.

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.

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The heavy-handed tactics unwisely employed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy came in response to a reckless and irresponsible drive by Catalan nationalists to create an independent republic in violation of the law and, most likely, the wishes of the majority of the region's residents.

There were also reports that the central government would approve a decree law on Friday to make it easier for companies to change their domicile, without calling a shareholders' meeting.

The leader, however, did not give any further details of a possible declaration of independence.

More than 5 million Catalonians were eligible to vote, but the Spanish government ordered police to raid polling places and seize voting supplies. His televised statement on Tuesday evening was seen as paving the way for Madrid to take severe measures to block any attempts at independence in Catalonia.

The dispute is Spain's worst political crisis in decades and images of police beating unarmed Catalans taking part in Sunday's banned independence vote sparked global concern. According to CNN, the public opinion regarding the independence of Catalonia from Spain still remains split.

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In his intervention, late on Tuesday, King Felipe branded Sunday's referendum in the north-eastern Spanish region illegal and undemocratic.

That could fan unrest in a region already shocked by a violent police crackdown against unarmed voters in Sunday's independence referendum. The Catalans have suggested the European Union to intervene.

A day after that, the leader of Catalonia accused the king of rejecting the mediator granted him by the Constitution.

Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence, left-wing Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, said on Wednesday that a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the referendum.

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