“Independence! … No, sorry, I meant Moonlight.”
On Tuesday, the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, made an address to the region’s parliament in Barcelona saying that it had won the right to be independent from Spain.
Puigdemont's address comes after the results of a disputed referendum earlier this month that saw the region — which has been living in relative autonomy for the last nearly half century — vote overwhelmingly in favor of leaving Spain.
The results of the referendum were, however, skewed, as the Spanish government in Madrid had declared it illegal and put a ban on voting, which resulted in clashes between Spanish police and Catalonian voters.
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However, a few seconds after seeming to declare Catalonian independence, Puigdemont immediately suspended it “for a few weeks, to open a period of dialogue.”
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