Gap Fill - Catalonia - Level 5


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   community      crackdown      crisis      illegal      independence      large      law      mayor      millions      own      regions      response      solution      staff      standstill      strike      televised      unity      unrest      violence  
A in Catalonia, Spain on Tuesday brought parts of Barcelona to a . Thousands of Catalans joined together and blocked roads to protest over police during Sunday's independence referendum. Nearly 900 people were injured in a police against voters and referendum . Spain's government said the referendum was . It ordered the police to break it up. Spain's King Felipe VI condemned the vote. In a speech, he said people had put themselves "outside the ". He said the situation in Catalonia was "extremely serious" and called for national .

The of Barcelona said the Catalan people deserved a vote on . She said: "What we need is a democratic …a political solution [and] an inclusive that listens to the cries of of people." She called for Spain's prime minister to resign. More could come in the days ahead. A declaration of Catalan independence could send Spain into a constitutional . It could risk the break-up of Spain if other copy Catalonia and have their referendum. Spain's president asked the international to help mediate.

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