A man holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag in front of the Hotel Mont-Palau in Pineda de Mar, on October 3, 2017, where Spanish National police officers are staying. Spanish national police have been driven out of their hotels in Catalonia by locals furious over police violence that marred the region's banned independence vote on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Reason must prevail in crises following illegal referendums

Turmoil in independence-seeking areas of Spain and Iraq could have been avoided through negotiations, although constitutions can never be ignored

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A man holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag in front of the Hotel Mont-Palau in Pineda de Mar, on October 3, 2017, where Spanish National police officers are staying. Spanish national police have been driven out of their hotels in Catalonia by locals furious over police violence that marred the region's banned independence vote on Sunday. Photo: AFP
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