In Catalonia hosted a large-scale protest

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Meanwhile, a Spanish judge has placed Catalonia's regional police chief under judicial investigation for sedition over his handling of unrest last month sparked by the region's contested independence drive.

Autonomous Catalonia is Spain's richest region and has a separate language and culture.

Protesters blocked major roads in Catalonia and there was little public transport. Puigdemont said the low turnout was partly because many people wanted to vote, but were prevented by officials from doing so.

In an October 3 televised address, Spanish King Felipe VI accused the secessionist leaders of contravening democratic principles and dividing Catalan society.

"My government in the next few days will send the results of today's vote to the Catalan parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum". We also speak with Pau Faus, filmmaker and writer from Barcelona, Spain.

Over 40 trade unions and associations in the region have called for a strike on Tuesday due to "the grave violation of rights and freedoms". Metro service ran at only 25 percent at its peak hours.

Nicola Sturgeon said a "dialogue" between the two sides was now needed as she condemned the violence which took place during Sunday's vote.

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Top tourist attractions were also closed, including the city's famous Sagrada Familia church.

Officers from the national police and paramilitary Civil Guard seized ballot papers and boxes at a number of polling stations. He said he wanted a new understanding with the central government in Madrid.

Catalan officials say the poll, which Spain insists was illegal and invalid, shows that a majority who voted favour secession. Of those who voted, some 90 percent voted yes to independence.

Meanwhile, political leaders are trying to find a way forward.

When asked by the BBC what Puigdemont would do if the Spanish government were to intervene and take control of Catalonia's government, he said it would be "an error which changes everything".

This Monday the Spanish prime minister was expected to hold urgent talks with Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the main opposition Socialist party, as well as Albert Rivera, the head of the centrist Ciudadanos party.

Puigdemont said there was now no contact between the government in Madrid and his devolved administration.

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