"In essence we're happy but I was expecting more," said 66-year-old Pere Valldeneu. Merce Hernandez, a 35-year-old architect, said: "I am very emotional, this is a historic day. I'm satisfied." Madrid has repeatedly said it would not negotiate on Catalonia's independence. "We call on Puigdemont not to do anything irreversible, not to pursue a path of no return and not to make any unilateral independence declaration," government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told reporters earlier Thursday.