SNP stands with Catalonia as resolution of support passes without opposition
10 Октября 2017, 12:33 | Kara Nash
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Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said that about 930,000 people had gathered, adding that "for some time now, nationalism has been wreaking havoc in Catalonia and that's why we're here, to stop it".
Joanna Cherry, who along with Chapman and a number of others was in Barcelona for the referendum as part of a 35-nation cross-party delegation, also spoke in favour of the resolution, saying: "What I witnessed was a quiet and dignified determination to vote in the face of considerable interference".
The vote was held without regular electoral lists or observers - and polls indicate Catalans are split on the prospect of independence.
Protests against an independent Catalonia were held across Spain over the weekend with an estimated 350,000 taking to the streets of Barcelona.
"Each one may be in favor of or against independence", a young woman said.
Any independence declaration will be rejected by the Spanish government and courts, and by many people even in Catalonia, which polls shows to be nearly evenly divided on secession.
Spain's finance minister on Monday blamed the Catalan government for companies moving their headquarters out of the region, while his euro zone colleagues played down the impact of the Spanish crisis on the shared currency.
Hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators, calling themselves a "silent majority", packed central Barcelona on Sunday to protest against the plan, which has sparked the country's worst political crisis in a generation.
"If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral, and it would not be recognised", Loiseau said on CNews television.
On Monday, Pablo Casado, the spokesman of Spain's ruling party, said during a press conference that if there was an independence declaration the current Catalan leader could "end up" like Lluis Companys, the former Catalan president who declared independence in Catalonia in 1934.
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, however, urged the government to refrain from invoking the never-before-used Article 155, which allows Madrid to take over autonomous regions.
"I don't rule out anything", Rajoy said in an interview with the daily newspaper El Pais published October, 8 when asked about applying the constitutional provision that allows the suspension of autonomy and the imposition of direct rule from Madrid. An Interior Ministry official later apologized for the injuries but laid the blame on the Catalan government for having encouraged people to vote.
Meanwhile, businesses have continued to announce their departure from the Catalan region amid the ongoing political uncertainty. Spain is likely to use military force if Catalan leaders declare independence.
Marta Gimenez, a recent law school graduate who works for a major Spanish bank, said that the secessionists keep talking about how Catalonia is oppressed. It contributes much more in taxes (21% of the country's total) than it gets back from the central government.
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