CATALAN president Carles Puigdemont declared independence but then immediately suspended their claim.
During his speech he said, “Cataluña will follow the result of the referendum,” but called for dialogue with the central government.
The suspension could go on for weeks and, according to reports, a spokesperson in Madrid has already rejected Cataluña’s “tacit” declaration.
Puigdemont also claimed that some 700,000 votes were lost as police closed down voting stations.
The police’s aim was to “cause panic and fear, to stop people from voting.”
“We must remember, and condemn the violent images seen during the referendum”, he added.
Puigdemont’s decision has angered both members of the independence parties, for not enacting the result of the referendum as promised, and anti-independence parties as they claim he has already “divided Cataluña” with his actions.
Major banks and businesses such as Sabadell have already left the region as conflict between the central government and Cataluña continues to damage the economy.