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Catalonia to declare independence from Spain on Monday

Puigdemont said that Madrid government denied to negotiated and left Catalonia with "no other way" but to declare independence in the nation and also accused it of authoritarianism.

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Catalonia is all set to declare independence from Spain following the banned referendum, October 1.

A Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party, Mireia Boya tweeted that independence declaration would follow a parliamentary session to evaluate the votes’ result.

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain on Monday

She said, “We know that there may be disbarments, arrests … But we are prepared, and in no case will it be stopped.”

Carles Puigdemont the Catalan President earlier said that following the poll he would ask the parliament to declare the independence, which was illegal according to the government and constitutional court, in which Catalans were the only voters.

Puigdemont told BBC, “This will probably finish once we get all the votes in from abroad at the end of the week and therefore we shall probably act over the weekend or early next week.”

He said that he already felt like “a president of a free country where millions of people have made an important decision,” he said this during an interview with German newspaper Bild.

Puigdemont said that Madrid government denied to negotiated and left Catalonia with “no other way” but to declare independence in the nation and also accused it of authoritarianism.

Puigdemont said, “The Spanish government is letting political opponents be arrested, it is influencing media and blocking Internet sites. We are under observation day and night.”

“What is that other than an authoritarian state?”

The country was restored to democracy after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in 1975 which suppressed the Catalan language, traditions and culture.

The chairman of Spain’s biggest food retailer Mercadona, Juan Roig said, “As a businessman, as a Spaniard and as a person, I am very worried and I am scared by what’s going on (in Catalonia).”

The Catalan leader is yet to make a statement on Wednesday at 9 PM (1900 GMT).

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