The Catalan government decided on Tuesday to halt, ''as a precautionary and temporary measure'', an advertising institutional campaign for the planned November 9 independence referendum.
The announcement was made at a press conference by Catalan government spokesman Francesc Homs after Spain's constitutional court ruled on Monday to suspend the referendum.
The spokesman noted that Artur Mas's government would be appealing the decision and asking for an immediate revocation of the suspension.
Homs said that the halt of the institutional campaign "Tu Decideixes" ('You Decide') - started on Saturday by the Catalan government in various media outlets - was decide by Mas to prevent his officials from risking prosecution and being barred from public office by Spanish courts. ''Our concern is to protect third parties - officials and individuals,'' he said.
''We can't allow them to carry the consequences of our decision on their shoulders.'' He added that anyone who continued to provide information or propaganda on the referendum would be doing so ''under their own responsibility'', but that the suspension did not mark the end of the process for independence. (ANSAmed).