Catalans vote for independence in outlawed election marred by violence, police crackdown

Catalans vote for independence in outlawed election marred by violence, police crackdown

[Ed. – Can the unthinkable happen in this case?  We must hope not.  But 90% of those who turned out to vote backed independence.  That’s not surprising, considering that many who oppose independence refrained from voting because the national government had declared it illegal.  The question is what will happen next.  Catalonia has given its representative body authorization to declare independence, by the terms set for the vote.  Spain won’t tolerate that.  Surely this cannot devolve into a civil war. Right?]

[T]here have been celebrations in Barcelona after the Catalan government declared 90 percent voted in favour of splitting with Spain in the region’s contentious referendum.

Unconfirmed figures say 2.26 million people defied a police crackdown and cast their ballots, amounting to a 42 percent turnout.

The head of Catalonia’s regional government Carles Puigdemont (Pooch da Mon) said a right to independence had been earned. …

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The law of the referendum, deemed unconstitutional by Madrid, foresees a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan parliament within 48 hours of a “yes” vote. The law does not set a minimum turnout for the outcome to be valid.

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