Catalonia's President Puigdemont to Speak in front of the Parliament


This decision comes after the Spanish Government blocked the Parliament from convening on Monday.

Shares in Sabadell, the second-biggest bank in Catalonia and the fifth largest in Spain, have fallen 10% this week as the political crisis in Catalonia deepened.

Earlier, a Spanish government official offered the first apology to Catalans injured by police during their outlawed independence vote. Octavi Puig, a retired catalan who lives in Madrid, was said to manifest " because I don't want to put a Berlin Wall to go where lie the dead (his family) and my loved ones".

Madrid has vowed to ignore the result after Spain's constitutional court declared the poll unlawful.

"These authorities have underestimated the solidarity that has united Spain", he said, and concluded his speech by stressing his "firm commitment to the unity and permanence of Spain".

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Asked whether a declaration of independence would cause a constitutional crisis in Spain, Romeva replied that "the crisis already exists, it is not a crisis of the future", stating that a possible declaration of independence is an issue to be decided by parliamentary groups.

(Vatican Radio) Spain's representative in Catalonia on Friday apologised to those injured in a police crackdown on voters in the region's independence referendum. Catalan authorities say the "Yes" vote for secession won by a landslide, although less than half of the electorate voted. After ruling on Thursday that the regional parliament won't be allowed to meet on Monday to declare independence, Catalonia looks to be doing an end around: they're going to make the announcement Tuesday.

Since then, a major Barcelona-based bank has said it will move its headquarters out of Catalonia, as have companies in other sectors.

People dressed in white gathered in both cities under the slogan "Shall we talk?" in a message to Spain's political leaders.

At the same time in Madrid there was another rally in support of Spanish unity and against Catalan independence.

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Commentator Manel Perez in Catalan daily La Vanguardia called the procedure a strong "symbolic" move by "the world of Catalan high finance, in coordination with the central government".

Leading newspaper El Pais says the allegation of sedition is extraordinary in post-Franco democratic Spain.

Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Catalan regional government has requested to speak to lawmakers on Tuesday.

These peaceful demonstrations join the pressure on Puigdemont to give up his plan to unilaterally declare independence in Catalonia, while reiterating the call on Rajoy to seek a peaceful and negotiated way to settle the conflict.

The prime minister also said he planned to keep extra police deployed to Catalonia until the crisis was over.

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