Catalans ask PM to agree to independence referendum

Tomas Mccoy
September 16, 2017

The letter asks chief most of State "a call for dialogue to address how we can make according to catalans celebrate referendum".

"Hello Republic" was one of the slogans unveiled at the rally.

The court had earlier accepted an appeal against the independence referendum, whose celebration is now illegal under Spanish law.

"These measures are to guarantee that not one euro will go toward financing illegal acts", Montoro said following the weekly cabinet meeting. Colau announced Thursday that voting stations would instead open in facilities owned by the regional government. A solid turnout is considered key for the referendum's legitimacy, although there is no minimum required for the results to be valid.

More than 700 mayors have pledged to hold the referendum, but they head up mostly small municipalities.

Matters of referendums are "matters pertaining to member states themselves", but in terms of the relationship with the European Union and within the framework of the rule of law, all political actors in all EU member states should "respect the constitutional order of the member state they are part of", the vice-president added. Once again this week, Rajoy has rejected sanctioning a self-determination vote, telling reporters "there cannot be a referendum and it would be an absolutely illegal act".

The announcement comes in response to a letter by Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras, informing the Madrid government that Catalonia would no longer be sending weekly expense reports to Madrid as the October 1 referendum nears.

"We have reached this moment stronger than what many had thought and wanted, as we are proving by responding firmly to each threat", he said.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont told broadcaster TV3 on Thursday the national government in Madrid has created a "climate of hostility and paranoia" around the planned ballot.

Spain's King Felipe (centre) looks down as he stands along politicians including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (third left) while they observe a minute of silence in Placa de Catalunya, in Barcelona, August 18, 2017.

Citizens also are divided over the independence issue. But a poll published by the Catalan government's statistics institute in late July showed support for independence had dipped to 41 per cent, with 50 per cent opposed.

MADRID, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Armed police in Spain have raided several print works and newspaper offices in Catalonia in recent days in a hunt for voting papers, ballot boxes and leaflets to be used in an October 1 independence referendum which Madrid vehemently opposes.

Outside of Catalonia, most Spaniards reject the idea.

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