In a statement to Catalans on Sunday night, Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont said Catalans had won the right to an independent republic.

"The Catalan government will transmit to the Catalan Parliament, the seat and expression of the sovereignty of our people, the results of the referendum, so that it can act according to that laid out in the referendum law", he said.

He said Spain has "written a shameful new page in its history with Catalonia" today, and that there had been an abuse of human rights. He appealed to European leaders, saying the Catalan crisis was "no longer an internal Spanish matter".

The referendum and secession bills passed by the Catalan Parliament at the beginning of September outlined a 48-hour deadline following the vote to declare independence if the "yes" vote was interpreted to have won.

The bills set no minimum turnout rate or qualified majority for the referendum, only one more "yes" than "no" votes.

"Catalonia has won sovereignty and respect and its institutions have the duty to implement that result", said Mr. Puigdemont on Sunday night.

The Catalan First Minister did not announce any official results during his statement.

Anecdotal results tweeted out by local parties and town halls showed results that might be expected if opponents of the suspended referendum had not turned out in very large numbers.

In the village of Rodadeter (6116 inhabitants), 2823 "yes" votes were reported, versus 91 "no" votes.

In the town of Palafrugell (22,868 inhabitants), 91.6% of those voting did so for "yes", with 6855 votes cast.

The Catalan government said 319 out of 2,315 polling stations, some 14% of the total, had been closed by police action on Sunday. The Spanish Home Office said National Police and Civil Guard officers had acted to close 92, or 4% of the total.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said "there has not been an independence referendum in Catalonia today", defending Spain as "a mature democracy" and "a great nation".

Published: 12:33 am, Oct 02 2017 (link)

Catalan Government Announces 90% "Yes" Victory In Referendum

Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull announced shortly after midnight on Sunday that 2,262,424 ballot papers had been counted.

There were 2,020,144 "yes" votes, or just under 90% of the total, and just 176,565 "no" votes.

Regional foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva said it had been a "coherent" democratic exercise.