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 ...

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