Spain’s crisis over Catalonia is very serious and the ‘irresponsible behaviour’ of Catalan leaders could put the country’s economic stability at risk, King Felipe VI has said.
In a rare address, he said chiefs in Catalonia has broken the laws of the state and showed an ‘inadmissable lack of loyalty’.
He added he was strongly committed to Spain’s constitution and the unity of the country.
It comes after the king met Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Catalonia, where hundreds of people were hurt on Sunday as police swung truncheons and fired rubber bullets to disrupt a banned vote on independence.
Earlier on Tuesday tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia and road traffic, public transport and business were disrupted in protest against Sunday’s violent crackdown by Spanish police on an outlawed independence referendum.
Watch in full: King Felipe VI addresses the Spanish people over Catalonia crisis