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Catalan leader calls for mediation with Spain over independence

BARCELONA: Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called Monday (Oct 2) for international mediation in the crisis pitting his regional separatist executive against Madrid, a day after police violence marred an independence referendum banned by the central government. Speaking to reporters, he called for "mediation", "which means there must be the presence of a third party, which must be international to be efficient." Just as he spoke to reporters, Catalans took to the streets of central Barcelona in droves to protest the…