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Pro-independence organisations have called this evening for a general strike to start on 3rd October. The announcement was made by the president of Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart, during a speech in plaça Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona, after a day with a referendum marked by the political repression on the part of the Spanish state.

"On 3rd October, everyone to the street, general strike," he said, animating the hundreds of people that have gathered in the centre of Barcelona to follow the referendum's results. The president of the ANC (Catalan National Assembly), Jordi Sànchez, also reiterated the call for the strike in his speech.

With this, the Taula per la Democràcia (Democracy Board) which includes ANC and Òmnium alongside unions UGT and CCOO and business associations PIMEC and CECOT adds its voice to a strike already called, supported by the unions CGT, Intersindical CSC, COS and Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya as well as political party CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy).

Both Sànchez and Cuixart encouraged the Catalan government to make the proclamation of the Catalan republic possible "in the next few days". "Today we've lived a historic day", said Cuixart, who wanted to give thanks to the public that "once again has shown that it's capable of any milestone".