Catalan leader faults Spanish King for failing to ease independence crisis

People shout slogans against Spanish National Police during a gathering outside a National Police station in Barcelona Spain

Puigdemont's supporters were suggesting Monday that he could declare Catalonia's independence later this week, though he has said he would seek approval from the regional parliament.

The global credit rating agency Standard & Poors said it may downgrade the sovereign debt rating of Catalonia in the next three months as tensions with Madrid escalate over the region's push for independence.

Like the SNP, Plaid Cymru wants independence from the United Kingdom and party leader Leanne Wood has condemned Madrid's "threats and repression" against the Catalan people.

There was violence at polling stations as police, trying to enforce a Spanish court decision to ban the vote, attempted to seize ballot boxes and disperse voters.

The regional government said 42 percent of the electorate voted on Sunday, with 90 percent of those backing independence.

The conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given no response to the mediation offer, but has made clear that it considers a dispute that threatens the country's Constitution a matter for Spaniards, not global arbitration.

The leader, however, did not give any further details of a possible declaration of independence.

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The Catalonia Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont said he favored mediation to find a way out of the crisis but that Spain's central government had rejected this. Although #Spain has tried hard to stop the vote by barricading voting precincts and sending police to stop voters beforehand, they were ineffective.

Speaking on Thursday in a Bloomberg Television interview, De Guindos slammed the Catalan administration for its illegal actions and said independence is out of the question.

"Georgia hopes that the situation in the Kingdom of Spain will be peacefully regulated in full compliance with the principles of the country's legislation, constitution and law", the Foreign Ministry said.

The crisis comes after Catalonia held a controversial and illegal vote at the weekend on splitting from Spain. Catalonia has its own language and culture and a political movement for secession that has strengthened in recent years. He also hinted that Catalonia may declare independence next week.

Puigdemont told the BBC on Tuesday that Catalonia would not abandon its quest for independence and warned the Spanish government that any move to stop the independence process by using article 155 of the constitution to take control of the region could be the "ultimate mistake".

Mr Puigdemont used a TV address on Wednesday to say his government would "carry out the will of the Catalan people".

The king made no reference to the police violence employed during Sunday's vote, or to those injured.

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