Anti-Catalonia independence protests erupt in Barcelona

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Earlier on Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "I didn't ever really take kindly to people trying to interfere in whether Scotland should become independent; it's not for me to say whether Catalonia should be independent".

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to address the region's parliament tomorrow, when he could unilaterally declare independence.

Catalan officials reported that more than 90% of the 2.2 million who voted in the October 1 referendum backed independence, and claimed that a further 800,000 people were prevented from voting.

Merkel "affirmed her backing for the unity of Spain, and both sides exchanged views on ways in which internal Spanish dialogue can be boosted within the framework of the constitution", said the chancellor's spokesman Steffen Seibert.

Republican Catalan Left (Esquerra, ERC) MP Joan Tardà tweeted: "Yes, Pablo Casado, we know how our President Companys ended up, shot by the army".

The minister also reiterated Brussels' warning that an independent Catalonia would "automatically" be out of the European Union and have to reapply to join.

On Monday, Catalan leaders are now facing a huge pressure to drop their plans for independence as France and Germany have expressed their stance that Spain and Catalonia must remain together and remain was one nation.

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He also says that moves by banks and multinationals during the past week to relocate their base outside of Catalonia because of the political uncertainty are "absolutely shameful" and a "blackmail to the decision of the Catalan people".

Pascal said that Puigdemont would recognise the referendum results and commit to seeking independence.

"This is producing a social rupture in Catalonia, and this has to be resolved through dialogue, never via unilateralism", said 61-year-old Catalan economist Jose Manuel Garcia, who joined demonstrations in the region under the banner "Let's talk".

Catalonia's Parliament had been due to meet on Monday with the expectation that it would endorse the declaration of independence. The vote has not benefited from the guarantees usually required (electoral commission, assessors, electoral lists, public, secret ballot, etc.), making it unlikely the recognition by the 28 independence of Catalonia proclaimed on this basis. "We will apply what the law says", Puigdemont says in the programme on Catalonia's TV3, according to excerpts on the broadcaster's website.

They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying "Together we are stronger" and "Catalonia is Spain".

Doubting the legitimacy of the vote, Nathalie Loiseau has described Spain as a "great democracy" and pointed to the current high level of autonomy of the regions of the country.

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