700k protest Spain's referendum crackdown in Barcelona

Rajoy says rule of law prevailed in Catalonia by blocking referendum

Rajoy says rule of law prevailed in Catalonia by blocking referendum

Large numbers of Catalans on Tuesday observed a general strike to condemn police violence during a banned weekend referendum on independence, as Madrid comes under growing worldwide pressure to resolve its worst political crisis in decades.

FC Barcelona took part in the strike and firefighters joined the marches in the city, which were maily peaceful.

Spain's reaction: The Spanish government did not recognize the move, calling it illegal, according to The Telegraph.

While many players from Barcelona's first team will leave to join their national squads ahead of the upcoming worldwide fixtures, the remaining players and club staff will not attend the training centre on Tuesday.

Tensions in Catalonia, where separatist leaders are seeking independence, have reached boiling-point after the chaotic referendum on Sunday.

European Union: According to The Washington Post, the European Union saw the independence referendum as a violation of Spanish law, and anxious about how the move would affect relations between Spain and Catalonia.

The Catalan government said the vote in support of independence was almost 90%, but official results have not yet been released.

"I read in El Pais that they were saying it was the police officers who were injured".

The commission, the European Union's executive branch, said it would continue to put its faith in Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to handle the matter.

While images of police violence provoked alarmed reactions from some European government officials, Catala praised the security force for their "measured" response.

More than 890 civilians were treated for injuries following Sunday's internationally condemned clashes, in which police used batons and fired rubber bullets.

He said that the European Union could make two steps: confirm the supremacy of the Spanish constitution as well promote a dialogue and search for political solutions.

Catalonia will proclaim the region's independence from Spain within several days, Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont told the BBC broadcaster.

Over 5.3 million citizens were called to answer the question: 'Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state as a republic?'.

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