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Not planning "traumatic" split with Spain: Catalan President
He went on to back the Spanish government, insisting the independence referendum was illegal and undemocratic, warning that the region needs to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law.
The threat of secession by Catalonia, which accounts for about 20 per cent of the country's entire economic output, is piling political pressure on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his minority government.
"They brought violence with them", Llavina said.
"He did not say a word about the people who were injured. How can we not be outraged?" Catalonia said preliminary poll results showed 90 per cent favoured independence after less than half the electorate voted.
Spain's interior minister said the 5,000 extra officers deployed to Catalonia would stay as long as necessary.
The central government and national courts branded the referendum illegal.
Tension mounted in Spain on Wednesday after Catalonia's leader vowed that the region would declare independence within days, defying a stern warning from the country's King that national stability was in peril.
Catalonia's regional president, Carles Puigdemont, is addressing regional lawmakers on Monday to review a referendum won by supporters of independence from Spain on October 1.
On Wednesday, Spanish prosecutors said they were investigating Josep Lluís Trapero, Catalonia's head of police, for sedition, the Financial Times reported.
On Tuesday, huge crowds held street protests and unions staged a strike in Catalonia to protest against the alleged police brutality. "So I chose to come", said Jose Bolivar, 54, a town hall employee.
"We're going to declare independence 48 hours after all the official results are counted", he said, according to a BBC translation. "We are suffering this because a few made a decision to behave in an improper way". "We don't understand why we can't express in a peaceful manner the simplest expression of democracy - a vote", said Pablo Larranaga, as he stood in a school in Barcelona surrounded by parents and small children.
An EU lawmaker from Poland's ruling party accused the EU of double standards for pressuring Warsaw but not Madrid - and several other eurosceptic and nationalist members also said the EU had not criticised Spanish police action firmly enough.
More than 890 civilians were treated for injuries, majority not serious, following clashes during Sunday's referendum, according to Catalan regional health authorities.
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. Puigdemont said the low turnout was partly because many people wanted to vote, but were prevented by officials from doing so.
Greens group leader Ska Keller was one of the few to condemn the police crackdown against what was, in the main, passive resistance. "It is wrong if the Commission shies away and continues to turn a blind eye".
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