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Catalans Signal They May Declare Independence Within a Week

  • Puigdemont says Catalonia has won the right to its own state
  • Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy insists vote has no legitimacy
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Catalans Signal They May Declare Independence

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Catalan separatist leaders signaled they may be moving toward a unilateral declaration of independence as early as this week after hundreds of activists were injured on Sunday as they sought to stop Spanish police from shutting down an illegal referendum.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont appealed to the European Union for support as he pledged to inform the regional parliament of the result of the vote in the coming days. The assembly will then act in line with the referendum law, Puigdemont said -- and that could lead to a unilateral declaration of independence within 48 hours of the notification.