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Spain issues apology for police violence in Catalan vote

Spain apologised for police violence during the Catalan independence votes, amid rumours of further protests within Barcelona

7 October 2017, 2:46pm
A spokesman for the Spanish government issued an official apology for the police violence during the Catalonia independence referendum.

Over 900 people were injured when the police, under orders from the Spanish administration, used violence to prevent voting.

The apology comes after Catalan law enforcement officers appeared in court in Madrid.

Spain is currently bracing for more protests, despite signs that both Catalan and Spain are trying to diffuse the crisis.

Catalan leaders threatened to declare secession earlier this week, creating outrage amongst Spanish leaders and leading Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy threatening to stop them.

Spanish media reported that pro-secession parties in Catalonia's parliament were working on a declaration of independence for Tuesday.

Protestors have organised a major rally in light of the Spanish and Catalonian dispute, which is being described as Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades.

People who support dialogue to end the crisis plan to gather in a bid to pressure mayors nationwide.

The anonymous initiative, which spread across social media, seeks to promote talks using the slogan: "Spain is better than its leaders."