Pro-Independence Catalans Defy King Felipe VI's Warning
Albanian Daily News
Published October 4, 2017
Protesters gather at the Placa de la Universitat square in Barcelona in Tuesday's day of protest against police violence.Pro-independence Catalan leaders are pressing ahead despite an emphatic warning from King Felipe VI.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont told the BBC he would declare independence "at the end of this week or the beginning of next".
The king branded Sunday's referendum illegal and undemocratic.
But correspondents say his failure to acknowledge the violent repression of the vote has fired up rather than deterred independence supporters.
Meanwhile, Spain's high court has summoned the head of Catalonia's regional police force to testify as a suspect in a investigation of alleged sedition - inciting rebellion against the state.
Josep Lluís Trapero and three other people are expected to appear in court on Friday in a move likely to inflame sentiment further amid Spain's deepest political crisis in decades, say correspondents.
Following the BBC interview in which he said there would be a declaration of independence in coming days, Carles Puigdemont said he would make a statement at 21:00 (19:00GMT) on Wednesday.
Groups in the Catalan parliament have agreed that parliament should meet in full assembly on Monday. Mr Puigdemont could also use that occasion to make a unilateral declaration of independence.
When asked what he would do if the Spanish government were to intervene and take control of Catalonia's government, Mr Puigdemont said it would be "an error which changes everything".
Under Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, the government in Madrid is permitted to impose direct rule on autonomous regions.