Spain’s government representative in Catalonia apologised on Friday to people hurt during police efforts to stop the referendum, but blamed the Catalan government for holding an illegal vote.
The Spanish government’s official spokesperson, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, also apologised for the police violence and suggested that new elections in Catalonia might be a way to heal the fracture caused by the disputed referendum.
In Depth: Catalonian Independence Referendum 2017
- Hundreds of thousands protest over politicians imprisonment
- Catalan independence response to Madrid inadequate
- Rajoy warns of risk to Catalan autonomy as deadline for clarification looms
- Rajoy threatens Catalan government with suspension and regional elections
- Puigdemont defers independence as he delivers key speech to Catalonian parliament
- Hundreds of thousands take to streets calling for Spanish unity
- Government apologies to those hurt in referendum violence, whilst relocation rules relaxed
- Constitutional court blocks Catalan parliament session
- Banco de Sabadell announces move to Alicante
- Independence to be called in a week, as markets wobble in Madrid
The announcement came after the Spanish cabinet issued a decree to make it easier for companies to relocate their legal headquarters away from Catalonia as major firms continue to announce relocations.
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