Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Trump sides against Catalan independence, says Spain 'should remain united'

Trump sides against Catalan independence, says Spain 'should remain united'

"I really think the people of Catalonia would stay with Spain".

Police in Catalonia on Tuesday concentrated efforts on sealing off buildings expected to house polling stations for this week's planned independence referendum, reports DW. Numerous searches were also held in a number of governmental institutions, including Catalonia's government.

Sources from the ongoing investigation into the referendum bid told Efe news that among the sites seized by police was that of the Catalonian National Assembly (ANC), an organisation that promotes the region's independence from Spain which later confirmed, however, that its web page was still accessible through its European Union domain name (.eu).

"I would like to think that the faux pas [remarks of Sanders and Nauert] is only due to ignorance", said Ruperez, "Otherwise, we might be taken to believe that the American Government is contemplating favorably the breaking up of the territorial integrity of one of the U.S.'s closest allies and friends".

"Stop this escalation of radicalism and disobedience once and for all", Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement as protesters remained in the centre of the Mediterranean seaside city after a day-long demonstration that headed into the night.

Rajoy's government claims the referendum would violate the country's constitution.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Spain should stay united, branding as "foolish" a looming secession vote by one of the country's regional governments.

The government has in recent weeks taken political and legal measures to prevent the referendum by exerting more control over the use of public funds in Catalonia, arresting regional officials and seizing election leaflets.

Madrid has also threatened fines against bureaucrats working on the ballot, including the region's election commission, which was dissolved last week.

But the unrelenting opposition from Madrid means such a result would go all but unrecognized, potentially setting up a new phase of the dispute. "They are excluding half the population", Dastis said.

"We will let the government and the people there work it out, and we will work with whatever government or entity that comes out of it", Nauert said.

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