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    Spain's King Felipe gestures as he make an statement at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, October 3, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

The king has blamed Catalan authorities for wanting “to break the unity of Spain and the national sovereignty.”

The King of Spain Felipe VI has criticized the Catalan independence referendum as an act of “inadmissible disloyalty.”

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Speaking in his first televised address since the vote, the king blamed Catalan authorities for wanting “to break the unity of Spain and the national sovereignty.”

"They have broken the democratic principles of the rule of law,” he said. "Today, the Catalan society is fractured."

The Spanish government has been widely criticized for its repressive response to the Catalan independence vote.

Over 840 people were injured in clashes with Spanish riot police. Reports of sexual abuse were also made against security forces.

Catalans have held a general strike to protest the violence and demand the Spanish government respect its decision to secede.

Over 90 percent of Catalans voted yes to independence, according to Catalan authorities.

 

 

 


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