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Spanish court suspends Catalan parliament session, independence call in doubt


However, Spain's constitutional court has ordered a temporary halt to a special session of Catalonia's parliament next week where regional officials are expected to vote on breaking away from Spain.

Four days after the referendum on independence, the tension in Catalonia does not go down.

CATALAN Premier Carles Puigdemont has firmly rebuked King Felipe of Spain for "ignoring the millions of Catalans who don't think like him", following the royal's thundering criticisms of the region's pro-independence movement.

Catalan authorities say around 900 people were injured and that of the almost 2.3 million votes counted, 90 percent voted in favor of an independent Catalan Republic.

Almost 900 people were hurt as police violently tried to enforce a Spanish court order suspending the vote, which the government had declared illegal.

The regional government said 42 percent of the electorate voted on Sunday, with 90 percent of those backing independence.

The heavy-handed tactics unwisely employed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy came in response to a reckless and irresponsible drive by Catalan nationalists to create an independent republic in violation of the law and, most likely, the wishes of the majority of the region's residents. "And the best one would be a return to legality and the swiftest possible confirmation that there won't be a unilateral independence declaration because that way greater evils could still be avoided".

Spain's King Felipe VI also condemned the actions of the Catalan administration, saying the situation in Spain had become "very serious" and that those who had organised the vote were "outside the law".

The Spanish government has said it will not accept involvement by third parties in diffusing the enfolding political crisis. There was no organized campaign for "No" for the referendum, which Spain's highest court had suspended and was marred by police raids to confiscate ballot boxes that injured hundreds of voters. However, Spain's central government hopes to solve the problem itself and restore the constitutional order in the wealthy northeastern region.

The Spanish government said it had acted proportionately to try to stop the vote, which had been declared against the law by the constitutional court.

The injuries to people occurred as riot police stormed voting stations to stop the referendum on independence from Spain.

In the night of Wednesday, king Philip made a televised address to the nation in which he called the Catalan independence referendum, held last Sunday, illegal and undemocratic. The final results are not in yet, suggesting a declaration later this week or early next week, said a Financial Times report.