Spain's Abertis, Colonial Flee Catalonia as Independence Looms

Catalonia- French minister calls for stronger EU to stop independence

Catalonia- French minister calls for stronger EU to stop independence

"I'm calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government.don't jump off the edge because you'll take the people with you", Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamara said.

"Ladies and gentlemen, they used the most valuable weapon we have: they used a ballot paper and a pen, and that was more important than anything the Spanish authorities could throw at them".

On October 1, over 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans, who participated in the independence referendum, supported region's secession from Spain.

Mario Vargas Llosa, the Peruvian writer and 2010 Nobel Prize victor, participated in the massive demonstration that took place in Barcelona last week against Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

At least 350,000 people joined a unionist rally in Barcelona on Sunday, after recent massive rallies by separatists and democracy activists in the city. The "hard-core elements" of the separatist movement are pressuring Puigdemont to move ahead, said Wolfgang Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence, in a note. "I believe we know what Spaniards think, and they should know that the government too is clear about what it has to do".

On Tuesday King Felipe addressed the nation in a televised speech but failed to acknowledge the violence perpetrated against Catalan voters, and said nothing of the need for mediation to resolve the crisis.

Far-right protesters broke into Fascist chants and performed Nazi salutes during protests across Spain held over the Catalan independence referendum.

Puigdemont is set to appear in the parliament of Catalonia on Tuesday after Monday meeting was suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

India's defence minister interacts with Chinese soldiers at border checkpoint
Sithraman has visited forward areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the world's highest battlefield, Siachen. Earlier, on Thursday, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa confirmed the existence of Chinese troops in the region.

Women wear masks during a pro-union demonstration organised by the Catalan Civil Society organisation in Barcelona, Spain, October 8, 2017.

France will not recognise Catalonia if the Spanish region unilaterally declares independence, its European Affairs Minister, Nathalie Loiseau, said on Monday.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has refused to rule out suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy unless its leaders withdraw a threatened declaration of independence as thousands rallied for national unity.

Catalans speak up against a split: Social media was once again full of images of protests in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, but this time from those who don't want to see a breakaway region.

It is unclear whether he will declare independence.

Tensions have grown in Spain since last week when Catalonia held a regional vote for independence, an election deemed illegal by Madrid.

So far, European Union officials have condemned the use of violence, but refused to be drawn into the conflict, which they see as an internal matter for Spain.

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