Against this background, according to the news agency TASS, Pucdemon signed his final declaration declaring the independence of Catalonia from Spain.
From the text of a document signed by Pucdemon and 72 more representatives of local authorities:
We establish the Catalan Republic as an independent and sovereign, legal, democratic and social state.
Madrid regarded these actions as a unilateral declaration of independence by Catalonia, which is said to entail consequences, including the criminal prosecution of current Catalan political leaders.
Proponents of the Catalan branch regarded the actions of the so-called generality and its heads as softness and demanded to declare independence not only in the form of a signature on paper, but also to the people who gathered in Barcelona to greet the decision about separation from Spain.