October 4, 2017 2:58 pm

Quebec passes unanimous motion condemning Spain’s ‘authoritarianism’ over Catalonia

WATCH ABOVE: Quebec sovereigntists rallied in Montreal Saturday, to show their support for Catalonia’s independence movement. As Global’s Phil Carpenter reports, protesters denounced the actions of Spain’s government, accusing leaders of repressive methods to halt an upcoming referendum.

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Quebec’s political parties unanimously adopted a motion Wednesday condemning what they called the “authoritarianism” of the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia.

READ MORE: Catalonia to vote on whether to split from Spain

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Parti Québécois (PQ) Leader Jean-François Lisée tabled the motion that was accepted by all members of the legislature.

READ MORE: Catalonia calls off independence vote, to hold unofficial secession poll

The motion also called for Spain and its restive Catalonia region to engage in dialogue and to resort to international mediation if both sides agree.

WATCH BELOW: Referendum in Spain

Premier Philippe Couillard, Lisée and François Legault, leader of Coalition Avenir Quebec, shook hands after the motion was presented.

READ MORE: Spain challenges secession push by Catalonia separatists in court

Catalan separatists staged a referendum on Sunday despite Spain’s insistence it was illegal.

READ MORE: Parents occupy schools to defend Catalan independence vote, face evacuation deadline

Spanish police, following orders from a judge to prevent the referendum, clashed with voters and supporters Sunday, resulting in over 900 people receiving medical attention.

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