SPAIN has barred Catalonia’s parliament from meeting on Monday in a bid to stop it declaring independence.
The want-away region was expected to announce its breakaway at the start of next week as relations between Madrid and Barcelona continue to deteriorate.
The Constitutional Court has suspended the October 9 session on the grounds that full declaration of independence would result in a breach of the Constitution and an “annihilation” of the rights of the deputies.
Catalonia’s separatist leaders opened the region’s polling stations on October 1 for what the national government had branded an “illegal” independence vote.
The Catalan leaders and the Spanish government have been at loggerheads for decades over campaigns for a split.
As tension mounted during the day, Spanish cops fired rubber bullets and beat people with batons as they tried to disperse crowds gathering to vote.
Police also forcibly dragged people out of polling stations as they tried to vote in a democratic action described by the Spanish government in Madrid as “illegal”.
The regional government said voting took place in 73% of approximately 6,000 polling stations. Over 900 people and 33 police officers were injured during the clashes on Sunday.
As a result of the violence, a large number of Catalan citizens – including staff and players at FC Barcelona – went on strike on Tuesday, October 3.
The referendum ballot asked Catalans to answer yes or no to a single question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?”