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Catalonia's planned a referendum on secession is due to be held Sunday by the pro-independence Catalan government but Spain's government calls the vote illegal since it violates the constitution, and the country's Constitutional Court has ordered it suspended.

Speaking to reporters, he called for "mediation", "which means there must be the presence of a third party, which must be global to be efficient".

Votes are counted at a school assigned to be a referendum polling station by the Catalan government in Girona, Spain, Sunday evening, October 1, 2017.

The regional government said about 90 percent of the 2.3 million people who allegedly cast a vote in the referendum did so in favor of independence.

Several thousand people gatherered outside the regional headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party, chanting, "Occupiers out!", reports European news network The Local.

"I think in any democracy there has to be surely a legal way for people to express their view and therefore there should be a process of dialogue that allows Catalonia and the Spanish Government to decide the way forward here".

"Despite all of the challenges and the horrendous scenes we saw in Catalonia yesterday, the overwhelming majority of those who voted, voted for independence".


Mr. Puigdemont has said that the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is returning Spain to the authoritarianism of the former dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco. Brutal repression met this weekend's independence referendum - deemed illegal by the Spanish state -with over 800 injured in a crackdown by riot police.

Catalonia's President has claimed the autonomous region will declare independence from Spain "at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

On Wednesday, Spanish prosecutors said they were investigating Josep LluĂ­s Trapero, Catalonia's head of police, for sedition, the Financial Times reported.

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Barcelona, said: "Many people are saying that the mandate, as they see it, of the referendum needs to be accepted and mirrored by the Catalan parliament".

The region's leaders defied Madrid by holding a banned referendum on independence on Sunday.

King Felipe VI threw his support behind the Spanish government.

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