Lundi, 23 Octobre, 2017

Puigdemont: Spanish king ignored millions of Catalans

Barca protest against Catalonia violence Catalonia leaders seek to make independence vote binding
Manon Joubert | 07 Octobre, 2017, 00:17

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the five-time European champions could leave La Liga if Catalonia gains independence from Spain.

Pique has been outspoken in his support of Catalans, and was booed by fans on Monday when he reported to the national team's training camp in Madrid ahead of the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Most voters not in favour of independence stayed home to boycott the ballot.

"By their own free will, the club's employees all stopped what they were doing and left their workplaces for a quarter of an hour".

Group G leaders Spain, three points clear of second-placed Italy, are aiming to seal a place at the finals in qualifiers at home to Albania on October 6 and away to Israel three days later.

Speaking shortly before a blistering attack on Catalonia's politicians by Spain's King Felipe, Mr Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

The violence followed a police crackdown during Sunday's independence referendum.

Spain national team manager Julen Lopetegui has highlighted Gerard Pique's "exceptional" behaviour following his recent offer of international resignation.

"I know the situation is unpleasant, but I ask people for a little reason and sanity".

"The great majority of Catalans have decided not to participate ..."

The regional president, Carles Puigdemont, has repeated his determination to declare independence from Spain days after 90% of participants in a unilateral referendum voted for Catalonia to become a separate state.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said: "I am very disturbed by the violence in Catalonia on Sunday.

Without that respect there is no living together in peace", continued King Felipe. He did, however, say: "We don't want a traumatic break".

People watching in a bar in Barcelona whistled and booed after the king's speech.

Catalonia, one of Spain's 17 autonomous regions, has some 7.5 million people and includes Barcelona.

He went on to back Spain's government, saying the Catalan referendum for independence was illegal and undemocratic, and adding that the state needs to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law. The turnout was 42.3 percent of the 5.3 million registered voters in the region.