Catalans go for break
CATALAN secessionists are working towards a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain that could be adopted next week in defiance of a court order and increased economic pressure from Madrid.
After Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended a session of the Catalan Parliament set for tomorrow, which had been expected to endorse an independence declaration, Parliament said the region’s pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont would address the assembly on Tuesday.
Madrid apologised for the first time on Friday for police violence as they tried to hinder last Sunday’s referendum it had declared illegal. The crackdown raised the temperature of a confrontation that is Spain’s worst political crisis for decades.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has offered all-party talks if the Catalan Government gives up any independence ambitions.
Final referendum results showed 90.18 per cent support for breaking away. But the turnout was only about 43 per cent as Catalans who favour remaining part of Spain mainly boycotted the ballot.