European Parliament Debates Results of Catalonia Independence Referendum

Catalans defy Spain, turn out for banned independence vote

Catalonia will declare independence "in a matter of days", the region's secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont was quoted as telling the BBC, a move that would defy Madrid and attempt to implement the directive of Sunday's banned independence referendum.

"We'll probably do this when we have the votes in from overseas, at the end of this week or thereabouts, so we'll act at the end of this week or the beginning of next week", Carles Puigdemont told the BBC in his first interview since Sunday's referendum.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has attacked Spain's King Felipe VI for "deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans".

Hundreds of thousands of people across Catalonia have been protesting over Spanish police violence during the vote, during which almost 900 people were hurt, including 33 police officers.

The Spanish government is refusing to negotiate, while Catalonia's president previously said he was willing to go to prison over the referendum.

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Puigdemont said there was now no contact between the government in Madrid and his devolved administration.

The king's televised speech is extremely unusual.

King Felipe made his own TV address on Tuesday night, calling Sunday's Catalan referendum illegal and undemocratic.

"These are hard times, but we will overcome them".

Puigdemont also delivered a warning to the Spanish government.

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