Hours after more than 2 million citizens in the Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly in a controversial, chaotic referendum to declare independence from Spain, the secessionist leaders planned an emergency meeting to map out their next steps for establishing a new nation. The bloody scenes brought global condemnation.
Mr. Puigdemont has appealed for global mediation to help solve the crisis and called for police deployed to Catalonia from other parts of Spain for the vote to be removed.
The Spanish state, he went on, needed to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law in Catalonia, which is the richest region of Spain, counting Barcelona as its capital.
In 2006, the Spanish government backed Catalonia's calls for greater powers.
The king's reaction was "a mistake from every point of view", Turull said in an interview on the regional government's TV channel.
The Prime Minister of Catalonia also explained that y are not in dialogue with central government.
CUP is not a part of the Catalan government, which is formed by two mainstream separatist parties.
Tuesday's protests shut down road traffic, public transport and businesses.
The regional cabinet will "demand the withdrawal of all police units deployed in Catalonia", Puigdemont said.
According to a law passed September 7 by the Catalan parliament (which Spain's Supreme Court declared unconstitutional shortly thereafter), the regional legislature has to declare independence if people vote in favor of secession. Stoppages also affected production at Nestle's instant coffee plant in Girona.
Felipe's dramatic intervention was a gauge of tension in Spain, which he said is "going through a very serious moment for our democratic life".
Rajoy, a conservative who has taken a hard line on Catalan independence, faces a huge challenge to see off the issue without further unrest and potential damage to his minority government.
Spain's justice minister Rafael Catala warned that Catalanonia's declaration of independence could invoke a constitutional clause that allowed Spain's government to intervene in the running of the autonomous region.
Catalonia has its own language and culture and a political movement for secession that has strengthened in recent years.
The route to becoming independent won't be easy for Catalonia.
The Spanish national government has said it will respond with "all necessary measures" to counter such a move, and is holding talks with national opposition leaders to find multi-partisan consensus on the response.
Some young Catalans have said they feel they are fighting not only for their generation, but for their grandparents as well.
He condemned the "unacceptable disloyalty" of the Catalan leaders and vowed to keep Spain together.
More than 890 civilians were treated for injuries, a lot of them not serious, following clashes during Sunday's referendum, according to Catalan regional health authorities.
Others in Spain saw a manipulative propaganda play by secessionists to stage a one-sided referendum created to produce a "yes" vote no matter what.