Protesters in Barcelona demand united Spain

Protesters in Barcelona demand united Spain

Protesters in Barcelona demand united Spain

Played behind closed doors, in protest at the handling of the referendum by the Spanish authorities, the match will not be the only aspect of Catalan football to feel the impact of the referendum. Culturally, the unique culture and language of 7.5 million Catalonians has not been duly respected by the Spanish state.

Most stories about him focus nearly exclusively on his seemingly total immersion in politics, although he has been married since 2000 to a fellow journalist, Ms Marcela Topor, from Romania. He said this in an interview with El Pais.

"Besides Catalans, there are thousands of men and women from all corners of Spain who have come to tell their Catalan companions that they are not alone", said Llosa, who took on Spanish citizenship in addition to that of his native Peru in 1993.

Some protesters called for the region's separatist president Carles Puigdemont to go to jail for holding a vote on independence in defiance of the Spanish government and courts.

"The unity of Spain can not be voted on or negotiated - it must be defended", read one sign in the crowd.

Others called for dialogue.

It's a threat that's not taken lightly, especially since the Spanish authorities' interference in the region's referendum, which Spain's Prime Minister had ruled illegal, saw about 900 Catalans bloodied by rubber bullets and batons.

In a defiant challenge to plans by Catalonia's regional government to unilaterally declare independence, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Barcelona in a surprising outpouring of Spanish unity.

Sensing that force may not stop Catalonia from attempting to declare independence, Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, is seriously considering the use constitutional powers to remove Catalonia's autonomous status.

"This is producing a social rupture in Catalonia and this has to be resolved through dialogue, never via unilateralism", Jose Manuel Garcia, 61, an economist who attended the protest dressed in white said.

"It would be ideal if I didn't have to resort to drastic measures". Catalonia's top two banks announced they were relocating their headquarters to other parts of Spain because of financial uncertainty if there is an independence declaration.

Because the leaders of the catalans need to think about "what they intend to do" of the declaration of independence unilateral, continues the journal.

He said that if Catalan leaders declared independence in the coming days, he hoped the police and army intervene.

Numerous people involved in the organization of the vote were activists aligned with the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, the main grassroots secessionist group that counts 40,000 members and another 40,000 sympathizers.

When queried about Madrid's possible response if Catalonia indeed declares independence, he said that it would handle the situation in line with its constitution, even though the European Union has underlined that the use of force is not the way to handle this situation.

However, the rest of Spain strongly opposes any separation.

Spanish police caused worldwide shock by beating voters in the October 1 referendum.

The Spanish government stepped up economic pressure on the Catalan government on Friday by passing a law to make it easier for companies to move their operations around the country, potentially dealing a blow to the regions finances.

"Passion can be risky when it moves fanaticism and racism". "The worst of all, the one that has caused the most ravages in history, is nationalist passion", he added.

The turnout was just 43 percent of eligible voters as Catalans who prefer to remain in Spain largely boycotted the polls. Nonetheless, they said 2.2 million votes were cast, with 90 percent in favor of independence.

The vote was not held according to official electoral standards as there were no regular voter lists, electoral commission or observers.

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