The president's remarks mark a departure from the official position of the United States, which, as recently as Monday, was that a planned nonbinding Cataloniareferendum Sunday to separate from Spain was an internal matter.
Spain's prime minister called Wednesday on Catalan separatists to stop their "escalation" as several thousand people took to the streets of Barcelona to protest at Madrid's attempts to derail a banned referendum on independence, AFP reported.
Spanish police have confiscated millions of ballots in recent days as part of a crackdown to stop the October 1 vote, which has been suspended by Spain's Constitutional Court. "All the referendum's logistics have been dismantled", the Spanish government's representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo, told reporters in Barcelona.
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, has said the poll is illegal and has promised that it will not take place. "You are talking about staying with a truly great, lovely and very historic country", Trump had said. The Catalan parliament then approved the plan on September 6.
Senior Madrid government officials said on Monday that authorities had done enough to prevent a meaningful referendum in the region as Catalonia lacked an election commission, ballots boxes, ballot papers, a transparent census and election material.
Spanish security forces were deployed to neutralise polling stations across the region seeking independence from the country.
People who favour independence say Catalonia, which has its own language and culture, is a "nation" - not a "nationality" as recognised by the Spanish constitution - and that as such they should be allowed to have their own state. In that sense, the vote is more of a pressure tactic on Madrid than an outright bid for independence.
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A spokesman for Junqueras confirmed the arrest and said that other Catalan government premises were being searched by the agents. The mood in Catalonia is growing increasingly nasty with just over a week to go before the banned ballot on October 1.
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