Catalan Leader Continues to Fight for Independence Despite Threats of Arrest

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Catalonia's president, Carles Puigdemont has accused Spain's King Felipe of being a government mouthpiece and "deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans".

Instead, he claimed, the King was following the anti-Catalan nationalist policies of Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy.

About 300,000 people took to the streets of Barcelona in protest at police actions during Sunday's referendum.

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But his government has said the region must "return to the path of law" before negotiations can go ahead.

More than 5 million Catalonians were eligible to vote, but the Spanish government ordered police to raid polling places and seize voting supplies.

Rajoy has ruled out global mediation as a format for resolving the future of Catalonia, offering instead all-party Spanish political talks to find a solution, on the condition independence is taken off the table.

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"There is no button to push for independence, it does not exist", Puigdemont said, according to The Guardian. "We haven't seen such a disproportionate and brutal use of force since the death of the dictator Franco".

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was unmoved by global media condemnation, denying a referendum had taken place despite more than two million ballots being cast.

According to Catalan officials, more than 2.2 million people voted on Sunday and that almost 90 per cent of them backed independence. Turnout, however, was well below 50 percent.

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday it was "time to talk, finding a way out of the impasse, working within the constitutional order of Spain".

He subsequently said the regional Catalan government must abandon plans to declare independence to avoid "greater evils". It also pays taxes to Madrid, which has been a main source for contention between the two as Catalonia - a former principality of Spain - has complained their taxes are more than the central funding they receive from the Spanish government each year. Peace and accord is part of who we are.

"We held the referendum amid an unprecedented repression and in the following days we will show our best face to apply the results of the referendum", Puigdemont said. "We have to present the results of the referendum to parliament".

The question that the Catalan government is going to do if Madrid will take the province under its direct control (which allows the Spanish Constitution), or arrest him, Mr. Pujdeme replied that it would be a "mistake that will change everything".

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