Spain: Spanish king addresses the nation in denouncement of 'illegal' Catalan referendum

King of Spain Felipe VI addressed the nation in a speech from Madrid on Tuesday, condemning the Catalan referendum and calling those who organised the vote as being «outside of the law and democracy.» He noted a lack of respect for what her termed the legitimate powers of the state and accused those responsible for the referendum of jeapordising «the economic and social stability of Catalonia... Еще and of all Spain.» He also said that the Catalan society was now «fractured» and the situation is «extremely serious.» The King's comments come after Sunday's independence referendum sparked pro-Catalan protests in the Spanish capital and a general workers strike in solidarity with voters, supported by the Catalan sections of two of Spain's main workers unions, the Workers' Commission (CCOO) and the General Workers Union of Spain (UGT). Catalonia held a referendum on October 1 to decide on the region’s independence, with the Spanish government deeming the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional.' At least 893 people and 33 police officers were reportedly injured during Sunday’s independence referendum.

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