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Catalan vote illegal - Spanish king

03 Oct. 2017

In his first interview since the referendum, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next". Instead, he expressed the position of the government, echoing its firm opposition to the vote, saying Catalan leaders had positioned themselves outside the law. It was the things he omitted that rankled - no words about those shocking scenes of police beating voters on Sunday, no urgent appeal for dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan governments, no acknowledgment of the real hunger here for independence or at least a proper, legal referendum, not even a word or two of Catalan. In his address, King Felipe VI said Catalan leaders who organised the referendum showed their "disrespect to the powers of the state". The central government has described the referendum as illegal.

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