'Silent Catalonia' Plans March to Bring Spain Back From Brink

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Last night, the Spanish Prime Minister said he may use the constitution to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, if it declares independence.

However, Mr Rajoy ruled out using mediators to resolve the crisis and also said the issue would not force a snap national election.

Protestors packed Barcelona's Sant Jaume Square where the Catalan government has its presidential palace, shouting "We want to talk!" and holding signs saying "More Negotiation, Less Testosterone!" and "Talk or Resign!" Saturday's flags were all white, emblazoned with the words "parlem" and "hablemos", Catalan and Spanish respectively for "Let's talk".

Sunday's rally in Barcelona was the largest such rally in Catalonia amid speculation that Catalan leaders will declare independence from Spain. Thousands of residents were gathered here between the Catalonian presidential palace and Barcelona city hall in answer to an anonymous call to demonstration. This is our flag, and Catalonia's is our flag", the man says, wrapped in the red and yellow Spanish flag. "Viva Espana!

The Spanish government stepped up economic pressure on the Catalan government on Friday by passing a law to make it easier for companies to move their operations around the country, potentially dealing a blow to the regions finances.

"It's reached a turning point and we need to get actively involved in the defence of Spain's values as a nation", added 52-year-old Joaquin Penas, an off-duty cavalry colonel with a Spanish flag draped round his shoulders.

More than 90 per cent of the 2.3 million people who voted backed secession, according to Catalan officials.

Since Catalan parliament passed the bill allowing independence referendum on September 4, Madrid has been vehemently trying to prevent the vote. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, meantime, must decide whether to preemptively reassert control, as some of his main allies are urging him to do.

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"At the moment he [Puigdemont] is providing no clear timeline for a unilateral independence declaration".

"Unity of Spain will never be defeated" was one of the most heard shouts in the march, which was attended by people of all ages.

But Sunday marks the second consecutive day of protests in Spain, with thousands marching on Saturday, calling for dialogue to defuse the tense situation. It can't be in the hands of extremists, the radicals and the (far-left secessionist party) CUP, ' Rajoy said.

Puigdemont has pledged to push ahead for independence and is set to address the regional parliament on Tuesday "to report on the current political situation".

Earlier, thousands of people rallied across the country for Spanish unity.

In the wake of the referendum, Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont pledged to present the results to the local parliament, despite the Spanish Constitutional Court ruling the referendum illegal.

The Falange party, which is widely seen as a fascist, right-wing fringe movement in Spain, was founded in 1934 and later led by General Franco, whose right-wing nationalists won the 1936-1939 civil war against left-wing Republican government, leaving some 400,000 people dead.

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