The European Commission's chief spokesman says Sunday's independence vote in Catalonia was not legal and the EU is urging a move from confrontation to dialogue. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. European Commission chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Monday (October 2) that Sunday's independence referendum in Catalonia was "not legal", but also called on the Spanish government to open dialogue, saying violence could not be an instrument in politics. The comments came after Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday (October 1) confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain. In Barcelona, Catalan mayors joined crowds of people gathered outside the regional government building in a show of support for regional leader Carles Puigdemont and the referendum. Sunday's poll has thrown Spain into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and deepened a centuries-old rift between Madrid and Barcelona.