April 22, 2018

Trump says Spain should remain united

28 September 2017, 12:08 | Darrell Baldwin

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

"The possibility that an arrest warrant for Puigdemont over embezzlement will be requested is still open", Maza told radio broadcaster Onda Cero.

On Monday, 17 people were summoned for allegedly "disseminating a website for people to participate in a referendum declared illegal by the Constitutional Court", according to police.

Madrid has been criticised for not negotiating with Catalan separatists and instead using the legal tools at its disposal to stop the vote on October 1.

On Monday police summoned 17 people for allegedly developing web platforms dedicated to the banned referendum.

Rajoy's government claims the referendum would violate the country's constitution.

Sala is one of more than 700 mayors who have pledged to cooperate with the referendum.

Dastis said the global community supported Madrid.

Catalonia's prosecutor has ordered the regional police - known as the Mossos d'Esquadra - to take control of any voting booths by Saturday, a spokesman for the Madrid government's Catalan delegation said.

Trump said he opposed the referendum and wanted a united Spain.

"I will keep hoping until the last minute that the Catalan government has a change of heart and calls off the referendum", Millo said at a briefing in Barcelona Tuesday.

However, a source told AFP news agency that the leader would stay in Spain ahead of the planned referendum two days later.

The timing of Rajoy's visit suggests Spain was hoping to get Trump to endorse their moves against Catalonia, at a time when many European Union nations are trying to avoid public comment on the matter.

Pro-independence campaigners have defied Spanish authorities by handing out millions of ballots ahead of Sunday's vote.

The others work in various Catalan government departments and are suspects in a probe into "disobedience, misfeasance and embezzlement", the High Court in Catalonia said.

In a joint statement, Mas and the others said the ruling lacked "any kind of legal basis" whose only goal was to try to "intimidate" separatists.

They will be released pending further questioning by a judge, he said.

The Catalan regional government has accused central authorities of imposing an "undeclared state of emergency".

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