Carles Puigdemont – the leaders of Catalonia - entreated international help on this Monday to resolve a stand-off with Madrid, after nearly 900 people were injured because police tried to disrupt a referendum ruled illegal.
There have been swelling events on last Sunday in the autonomous region, causing the temperature in a festering split between Madrid and Barcelona to raise climactically and making two sides unable to sit down to find a political compromise. At least 850 people and 30 officers were confirmed having been injured after riot police assaulted the polling place, dragging out voters and shooting rubber bullets into crowds.
The United Nations high commissioner criticised severely the police operation, appraising that it was lack of human rights.
“It is not a domestic matter,” Carles Puigdemont told a news conference on Monday. “It’s obvious that we need help. The European commission must encourage international mediation”.
Puigdemont stressed that the vote was valid, and there’s no reason for it not to be accepted. He urged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to implement a dovish mediation over the region’s future, which should have the European Union to be the “judge”.
Nevertheless, the European commission has so far declined to interfere, emphasizing that this was just an internal situation of Spanish and adjured both sides to go straight to a dialogue.
“Violence can never be an instrument in politics. We trust the leadership of prime minister Mariano Rajoy to manage this difficult process in full respect of the Spanish constitution and of the fundamental rights of citizens enshrined therein.” the European commission said in a statement issued before Puigdemont proposed.
The ballot asking voters whether they supported for an independent republic is considered illegal because it was banned by Spain’s Constitutional Court since 1978. The “Yes” vote accounted for about 42 percent and “is not a surprise”, according to authorities, because more than half of Spaniards still voted for the coalition. Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Spain can legally use the constitutional power to discontinue Catalan’s autonomy given tensions rising.
“We will use the entire force of the law. Our obligation is to resolve problems and we’ll do it, even though using certain measures might hurt,” he said in a television interview.