Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said at a press conference that the Catalan self-determination referendum was not. His words leads RIA Novosti.
He promised that the government would not avoid dialogue, but only in the framework of the law. “Tomorrow we must begin work on the restoration of constitutional and institutional order. And to make it calm and civilized way”, — he said in a special televised address.
Speaking about the actions of the security forces, subordinate to the Central government, Rajoy said that “the civil guard and the national police acted in accordance with his duty and order, which they got from court”.
The head of government stressed that the past in Catalonia referendum “has had a major impact on peaceful coexistence.” “And we have to rebuild a peaceful coexistence as soon as possible. I will never close the door to dialogue and never did. I am always open to honest dialogue, but only by staying within the law,” he concluded.
In Catalunya at 20:00 local time (21:00 GMT) polling stations closed. According to the official representative of Generalitat region Jordi Turul, during the day participate in the referendum adopted the “many millions” of locals.
The region’s population is 7.5 million people, the right to vote in Catalonia have more than 5.3 million inhabitants.
The turnout, according to preliminary data, amounted to more than 50 percent.