Barcelona footballers join strike in protest over Catalonia referendum response

Barcelona footballers join strike in protest over Catalonia referendum response

Barcelona footballers join strike in protest over Catalonia referendum response

But interviews with five pro-independence politicians in Osona County, a patchwork of farming towns, revealed an uncompromising mood after Sunday's violence, which Catalan officials said had injured around 900 people.

To the anger of secessionists, the commission added a supportive note for Spain's embattled center-right prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, saying it trusted him "to manage a hard process, respecting both the Spanish Constitution and the rights of citizens".

According to multiple reports in Spain, LaLiga authorities and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) wanted the fixture to go ahead as planned. Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Spain could use that power if the regional parliament declared independence.

Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, said a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the October 1 vote to break away.

"We are not here to divide Spaniards. but if someone tries to declare independence on behalf of a part of Spain's territory, that can not be done because it is beyond their powers", said Rafael Catalá.

"FC Barcelona joins the countrywide strike called for by Table for Democracy and therefore the club will be closed tomorrow", Barcelona said in a statement on Monday. Asked what he would do if the Spanish government intervened and took control of Catalonia, Puigdemont replied that it would be "a mistake that changes everything".

"Today, Catalan society is fractured and confronted", Felipe said, referring to the political crisis as "very serious moments for our democratic life".

Protesters blocked roads, public transport slowed to a crawl and FC Barcelona refused to train on Tuesday as Catalonia observed a general strike over police violence at a banned weekend independence referendum.

Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations across Catalonia in an effort to derail a referendum that the Spanish government said was illegal.

It voiced trust in Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's ability to manage this "internal matter", but also called for dialogue and reminded Madrid of a need to respect citizens' basic rights.

In the short term, the police crackdown on the independence movement could help Catalan separatists, who are part of a fragile coalition in the regional government, broaden their support.

The declaration of independence is expected to follow shortly after.

The court said the four will be questioned on Friday about their roles in demonstrations September 20-21 in Barcelona when Spanish police arrested several Catalan government officials and raided offices in a crackdown on preparations for the referendum. He said that he would present the results to the Catalan parliament.

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