* Organisers contend criticism represents “silent majority”
* Catalan personality could announce autonomy on Tuesday
* Spain PM Rajoy doesn’t order out suspending Catalan
* Abertis is latest organisation to cruise relocating conduct office
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By Sam Edwards
BARCELONA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people
took to a streets of Catalonia’s collateral Barcelona on Sunday
to denote their antithesis to dogmatic autonomy from
Spain, display how divided a segment is on a issue.
A throng estimated by internal military to series 350,000 waved
Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners observant “Catalonia
is Spain” and “Together we are stronger”. They poured into the
city centre after politicians on both sides hardened their
positions in a country’s misfortune domestic predicament for decades.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pronounced on Saturday he
would not order out stealing Catalonia’s supervision and job a
fresh internal choosing if it claimed independence, as good as
suspending a rich region’s existent unconstrained status.
The sheer warning came days before Catalan personality Carles
Puigdemont is approaching to residence a region’s parliament, on
Tuesday, when he could unilaterally announce independence.
The anti-independence demonstration, that enclosed Catalans
and people from other tools of Spain, underlined how a dispute
has riven a segment itself, entrance reduction than a month after a
million people rallied in a same city to support independence.
“We feel both Catalan and Spanish,” Araceli Ponze, 72, said
during Sunday’s rally. “We are confronting a extensive unknown. We
will see what happens this week though we have to pronounce out very
loudly so they know what we want.”
The northeastern segment of 7.5 million people, that has its
own denunciation and culture, hold an autonomy referendum on
Oct. 1 in rebuttal of a Spanish justice ban.
More than 90 percent of a 2.3 million people who voted
backed secession, according to Catalan officials. But that
turnout represented usually 43 percent of a region’s 5.3 million
eligible electorate as many opponents of autonomy stayed away.
The Spanish supervision sent thousands of inhabitant military to
the segment to forestall a vote. About 900 people were injured
when officers dismissed rubber bullets and charged crowds with
truncheons in scenes that repelled Spain and a world, and
dramatically escalated a dispute.
Losing Catalonia is roughly inconceivable for a Spanish
It would dispossess Spain of about 16 percent of a people, a
fifth of a mercantile outlay and some-more than a entertain of its
exports. Catalonia is also a tip end for foreign
tourists, attracting about a entertain of Spain’s total.
There is widespread antithesis to a Catalan breakaway among
people in a rest of a country.
The domestic event has pushed banks and companies to
move their domicile outward Catalonia. The house of
Catalonia-based infrastructure organisation Abertis will meet
on Monday to plead relocating a conduct bureau elsewhere in Spain,
a source informed with a matter said.
Concern is flourishing in EU capitals about a impact of the
crisis on a Spanish economy, a fourth largest in a euro
zone, and on probable spillovers to other economies.
Some European officials are also disturbed that any softening
in Spain’s position towards Catalan autonomy could fuel
secessionist feelings among other groups in Europe such as
Belgium’s Flemings and Italy’s Lombards.
Until this weekend, Rajoy has remained deceptive on either he
would take a rare step of triggering Article 155 of
the constitution, a supposed chief choice that enables him
to pouch a informal supervision and call a internal election.
However, asked if he was prepared to do so, Rajoy told El Pais
newspaper on Saturday: “I don’t order out anything that is within
the law … Ideally, we shouldn’t have to take extreme solutions
but for that not to occur there would have to be changes.”
Rajoy also pronounced he designed to leave in Catalonia a 4,000
national military a supervision had shipped in for the
referendum, until a predicament was over.
He ruled out regulating mediators to solve a predicament –
something Puigdemont has pronounced he is open to – and combined the
issue would not force a snap inhabitant election.
Sunday’s proof in Barcelona was organized by the
anti-independence organisation Catalan Civil Society to mobilize what
it believes is a “silent majority” of adults in Catalonia who
“The people who have come to denote don’t feel Catalan
so most as Spanish,” pronounced 40-year-old operative Raul Briones,
wearing a Spanish inhabitant soccer group shirt. “We like how
things have been adult until now and wish to go on like this.”
The convene was addressed by Nobel prize-winning novelist
Mario Vargas Llosa, who has twin Spanish and Peruvian
nationality. He told reporters it showed many Catalans “don’t
want a manoeuvre d’etat a Catalan supervision is fostering”.
Tens of thousands of people had collected in 50 cities across
Spain on Saturday, some fortifying Spain’s inhabitant togetherness and
others dressed in white and job for talks to defuse the
(Additional stating by Raquel Castillo and Robert Hetz in
Madrid, Elisabeth O’Leary in Edinburgh and Madeline Chambers in
Berlin; Writing by Adrian Croft; Editing by Pravin Char)