Catalan Police Chief to Be Questioned in Relation to Sedition Investigation

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The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, has called for worldwide mediation to resolve the region's growing crisis with the Spanish Government, saying Europe can not continue to ignore the issue after around 900 people were injured during the police crackdown on the referendum.

"In the case of independence, the club and the members would have to decide in which league we would play", Bartomeu said.

"With their irresponsible conduct they could put at risk the economic and social stability of Catalonia and all of Spain", he said.

"There's no going back now... the days to come will be complicated, but we have to resist", David Peña, an activist in Catalonia, said.

Despite the Spanish authorities' attempts to stop the referendum - which both the government and the country's constitutional court had declared illegal - 2.26 million of Catalonia's 5.3 million registered voters took part.

The Commission Vice President said it did not change the fact that everyone saw saddening images on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Spanish prosecutors said they were investigating Josep Lluís Trapero, Catalonia's head of police, for sedition, the Financial Times reported. "I firmly believe that the current situation should be resolved through political dialogue, with full respect for democratic freedoms", he added. "We want a new understanding with the Spanish state".

Sunday's referendum was met with violence from Spanish police, who fired rubber bullets and injured more than 900.

Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next", the Catalan regional leader told the BBC in an interview Tuesday.

On Monday, secessionist leaders prepared to present the results to Catalonia's regional parliament, which has vowed to move forward with the creation of an independent republic. Spain's Justice Minister Rafael Catalá warned on Monday morning that the central government in Madrid was prepared to use its emergency powers to prevent a unilateral declaration of independence.

The movement's leaders had hoped the police crackdown might cause European leaders to take steps to intervene in the dispute with Spain's government.

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