'Catalonia independence from Spain just days away'

The EU has said 'violence can never be an instrument in politics'

The French Foreign Ministry said Monday that Paris supported Spain's unity and integrity, adding that Paris was confident in Spain's democratic ability to hold a peaceful political dialogue within constitutional law. correspondent reported on Tuesday.

The route to becoming independent won't be easy for Catalonia.

Zoido said the police had intervened only to withdraw election-related equipment, but had been confronted by major obstacles, including voters forming a human chain to stop police officers from leaving polling stations. He called for re-enforcements to be sent to Catalonia.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said the referendum is valid and its result must be implemented.

The Catalan leader said all the votes from overseas would arrive and probably be counted by the end of the week.

"This will probably finish when we have the votes in from overseas at the end of the week, and therefore we will act over the weekend or early next week".

Puigdemont was quoted as saying that his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

The king charged: "They have meant to fracture Spain". Felipe's address reminded some of his father's appearance when he faced down the 1981 coup attempt. The central government has described the referendum as illegal.

Puigdemont has yet to declare full independence from Spain.

Hungarian Finance Minister Peter Szijjarto told CNBC the European Union had shown some "double-standards" over the issue but, like many other leaders, did not want to be seen commenting on a domestic situation.

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She said the only thing they had witnessed was a civil servant who showed them a head injury he had sustained at the hands of the Guardia Civil.

Today a spokesman for the European People's Party, the largest party in the European Parliament, said Catalonia needed to acknowledge the "truth".

Still, King Felipe's message falls in line with the Spanish government, which declared Catalonia's referendum unconstitutional prior to Sunday's vote.

Spain has been rocked by the Catalan vote and the Spanish police response to it, which saw batons and rubber bullets used to prevent people voting.

On the streets Tuesday, the marchers chanted, "Occupying forces get out!" "I was not expecting this".

But Spanish Federal authorities have often reacted to the idea of Catalan independence with repression and aggression, which many Catalan have felt disrespected their identities, Marc Gafarot, an expert in Catalan history at the Barcelona Center for International Affairs, told ABC News.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the vote a "mockery" of democracy, and the European Commission expressed support for Madrid's position before the referendum.

"Respect for the rule of law is not optional, it is fundamental", said Timmermans, the Dutchman who is deputy to the EU's chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker.

According to the Catalan government, which announced the referendum results early Monday, 90 percent of the voters chose independence. Regional health official said that well over 700 people were wounded in the violence. Madrid has warned it could suspend autonomy of the wealthy north-eastern region. While most of the region opposes Catalan independence, nations like Belgium are urging Spain to start talking, insisting no good will come of trying to crush Catalonia through force.

"There is a general consensus that the regional government of Catalonia has chosen to ignore the law", Timmermans told the lawmakers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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