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Thousands of people calling for Spanish unity have attended rallies in the capital Madrid after Sunday’s disputed referendum for Catalan independence.

Other demonstrations – including in the Catalan city Barcelona – have also been held urging political dialogue.

Protesters dressed in white gathered with signs saying “Spain is better than its leaders” and “let’s talk”.

Businesses have continued to announce their departure from the Catalan region amid the ongoing political uncertainty.

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The Caixa Foundation, which controls one of the Spain’s largest banks, announced it was moving its headquarters to Palma de Mallorca while the crisis continues.

The country is waiting for a speech on Tuesday by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont amid speculation he will declare independence.

The final results showed 90% of the 2.3 million people who voted backed independence. Turnout was 43%.

According to the BBC, there have been several claims of irregularities, and many ballot boxes were seized by the Spanish police.

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