Catalan leader calls for international mediation in Madrid stand-off
– MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – The secessionist leader of Catalonia called for international mediation on Monday in the region’s dispute with Madrid, a day after hundreds of people were hurt as police swung truncheons and fired rubber bullets to disrupt an independence referendum.
Results showed voters had overwhelmingly backed independence in the referendum, which Spain has ruled illegal and which opponents of secession mostly boycotted.
The vote was valid and must be implemented, said Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
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