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King Felipe of Spain Denounces Catalan Secessionists, as Mass Protests Continue in Barcelona

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03: Thousands of citizens gather in Plaza Universitat during a regional general strike to protest against the violence that marred Sunday's referendum vote on October 3, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. According to the Catalonia's government more than two million people voted on Sunday in the referendum of Catalonia, which the Government in Madrid had declared illegal and undemocratic. Officials said that 90% of votes cast were for independence. The Catalan goverment's spokesman said that an estimated of 770,000 votes were lost as a result of 400 polling stations being raided by Spanish police. Hundreds of citizens were injured during the police crackdown. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Barcelona’s streets Tuesday, protesting police violence in the wake of Sunday’s disputed vote in favor of Catalan independence. Calling for unity, King Felipe of Spain condemned the secessionists as acting “totally outside law and democracy.” Meanwhile, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont told the BBC that the region would declare independence by the beginning of next week. We discuss the future of Catalonia and what secession would mean for Spain and the European Union.


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