Catalonia faces uncertainty as leader weighs independence declaration

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Catalonia's Parliament had been due to meet on Monday with the expectation that it would endorse the declaration of independence.

Puigdemont said in an interview broadcast on Catalan television on Sunday that a law passed by the Catalan parliament preparing the way for the referendum called for a declaration of independence in the event of a "yes" vote.

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría, buoyed by the show of support, said: "I'm calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government, don't jump off the edge because you'll take the people with you".

Rajoy said that includes the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which would allow the central government to take control of the governance of a region "if the regional government does not comply with the obligations of the Constitution".

Moves by local companies to re-locate their headquarters and expressions of support from euro zone heavyweights France and Germany for Spanish unity were also increased pressure on the region's pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont to back down.

Tempers have worsened over the past week after national police cracked down on voters during a banned October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

Dyfrig Siencyn, who also represents Dolgellau on the council, has slammed the Spanish Government for abusing Catalonion citizens as they exercised their right to campaign for an independent state.

Catalan leaders came under intense domestic and global pressure on Monday to halt plans to break away from Spain after the region's president repeated his threat to declare independence and the government warned it would act to block it.

"But in that case rectifications will have to be made".

That raises the prospect of Spanish police arresting Puigdemont and other separatist leaders if they declare independence.

Spain last week also apologised for the violent scenes seen last weekend during the unofficial referendum.

The regional police chief and civil leaders are under investigation for alleged sedition and risk jail sentences. "We will prevent this independence from taking place". Sunday's massive protest came while Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia that he might suspend its autonomy.

At Sunday's rally, demonstrators cheered and applauded when a national police helicopter flew over and some people shook the hands of national police officers to thank them for their efforts to stop the referendum. An Interior Ministry official later apologized for the injuries but laid the blame on the Catalan government for having encouraged people to vote.

Others called for dialogue.

France, which borders Catalonia, said it would not recognise a unilateral independence declaration.

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"They do not want to get embroiled in a messy confrontation or encourage separatist movements".

There has been speculation that the Catalan government will attempt to declare independence in the coming days.

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