Catalan chief vows to struggle Madrid direct rule regardless of being fired

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CATALAN’S deposed chief has seemingly refused to concede he had been sacked as he known as for calm in Spain because the nation teeters on the point of its worst political disaster in 4 many years.

Because the Spanish authorities held its first assembly to debate their new roles since imposing direct rule over Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont as a substitute promised to proceed to construct a “free nation”, and known as for “democratic opposition” to Madrid.

 The Spanish government held its first meeting since imposing direct rule over Catalonia this morning

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The Spanish authorities held its first assembly since imposing direct rule over Catalonia this morning
 Carles Puigdemont delivered a speech to say he would not acknowledge his dismissal

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Carles Puigdemont delivered a speech to say he wouldn’t acknowledge his dismissal
 Pro-unity demonstrators with banners calling for the imprisonment of sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, gather in Madrid

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Professional-unity demonstrators with banners calling for the imprisonment of sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, collect in Madrid
 People wave Spanish flags during a demonstration calling for unity at Plaza de Colon in Madrid

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Individuals wave Spanish flags throughout an indication calling for unity at Plaza de Colon in Madrid

Within the pre-recorded, televised message, Puigdemont urged individuals to proceed pushing for independence, saying: “We don’t deviate: we proceed persevering in the one perspective that may make us winners.

“With out violence, with out insults, in an inclusive approach, respecting individuals and symbols, opinions, and likewise respecting the protests of the Catalans who don’t agree with what has determined the parliamentary majority.”

As pro-unity protesters crowds took to the streets on Saturday, screaming “jail for Puigdemont”, the chief mentioned “endurance, perseverance and perspective” was wanted.

It comes after fears that the nation might additional descend into violence have surfaced after the Prime Minister ordered recent elections and fired Catalonia’s hero police chief who led its response to the Barcelona ISIS terror assault.

 A man yells as he waves the Spanish flag into the sky

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A person yells as he waves the Spanish flag into the sky
 People from an extreme right wing group protest during a mass rally by people angry with Catalonia's declaration of independence

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Individuals from an excessive proper wing group protest throughout a mass rally by individuals indignant with Catalonia’s declaration of independence
 People took to the streets on Saturday to protest the political upheaval

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Individuals took to the streets on Saturday to protest the political upheaval
 People donned flags in the latest protests in Madrid

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Individuals donned flags within the newest protests in Madrid
 Pro-unity protesters hit the streets on Saturday

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Professional-unity protesters hit the streets on Saturday
 Spain is teetering on the brink of violence, it has been warned

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Spain is teetering on the point of violence, it has been warned
 Fears that Spain is teetering on the brink have surfaced this weekend

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Fears that Spain is teetering on the brink have surfaced this weekend
 Thousands have taken to the streets, protesting against Catalan independence

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1000’s have taken to the streets, protesting in opposition to Catalan independence
 Pro-Spain protests have been held in Madrid on Saturday

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Professional-Spain protests have been held in Madrid on Saturday
 A masked Catalan independence supporter punches a man amid violent scenes in Barcelona last night
A masked Catalan independence supporter punches a person amid violent scenes in Barcelona final night time
 Spanish protesters wave flags as riot police look on in Barcelona

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Spanish protesters wave flags as riot police look on in Barcelona
 A Catalan riot police stands as anti-independence supporters march against the landmark vote

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A Catalan riot police stands as anti-independence supporters march in opposition to the landmark vote
 A pro unity demonstrator displays a Spanish flag to Catalan Regional Police officers during a protest

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A professional unity demonstrator shows a Spanish flag to Catalan Regional Cops throughout a protest
 A Catalan radio station was allegedly attacked by a small group of demonstrators with Spanish flags

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A Catalan radio station was allegedly attacked by a small group of demonstrators with Spanish flags
Protestor punches man within the face at Catalonian rally in Barcelona, Spain
 Catalan flags are held up as fireworks go off in Sant Jaume Square in front of the Catalan regional government in Barcelona

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Catalan flags are held up as fireworks go off in Sant Jaume Sq. in entrance of the Catalan regional authorities in Barcelona
 Catalan flags were paraded through the streets of Barcelona after the rebel region declared independence from Spain

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Catalan flags have been paraded via the streets of Barcelona after the insurgent area declared independence from Spain
 Proud Catalans wave flags and celebrate in Barcelona

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Proud Catalans wave flags and have a good time in Barcelona
Carles Puigdemont says Catalonian individuals ‘is not going to’ settle for PM Mariano Rajoy’s choice to fireplace him

Catalonia officers have additionally been stripped of their powers throughout civil service, funds and public media, with all eyes on whether or not independence supporters will perform their risk of peaceable resistance to Madrid’s takeover.

Fights erupted on the streets of Barcelona final night time as either side of the argument took to the streets and additional protests have been held in Madrid in the present day amid fears native police might resist the nationwide pressure.

Additional violence might unfold forward of the December 21 elections, with threats that politicians beforehand liable for the independence vote might face treason fees and time behind bars.

As Spanish State Secretaries in the present day met to organise taking up the duties of Catalan regional ministries, it had been reported arrests over the independence vote might be made as early as Monday.

 Holding Spanish flags, demonstrators confront Catalan police

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Holding Spanish flags, demonstrators confront Catalan police
 Catalan independence supporters massed outside the Parliament of Catalonia react with joy just at the news that the Catalan Parliament votes to declare independence from Spain

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Catalan independence supporters massed outdoors the Parliament of Catalonia react with pleasure simply on the information that the Catalan Parliament votes to declare independence from Spain
 Anti-independence supporters shout slogans and wave Spanish flags as they march against the unilateral declaration of independence

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Anti-independence supporters shout slogans and wave Spanish flags as they march in opposition to the unilateral declaration of independence
 A young woman celebrates outside the Catalan parliament in Barcelona

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A younger girl celebrates outdoors the Catalan parliament in Barcelona
 A Catalan supporter displays a portrait of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two key members of the independence movement

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A Catalan supporter shows a portrait of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two key members of the independence motion
 A Barcelona fan is pictured among the crowds celebrating in the Catalan capital

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A Barcelona fan is pictured among the many crowds celebrating within the Catalan capital
 Puigdemont remained defiant, tweeting: 'Catalonia is and will be a land of freedom'

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Puigdemont remained defiant, tweeting: ‘Catalonia is and shall be a land of freedom’
 Young independence supporters appear to be overcome with emotion on the streets of Barcelona

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Younger independence supporters look like overcome with emotion on the streets of Barcelona
 Catalan independence supporters continued to celebrate late into the evening

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Catalan independence supporters continued to have a good time late into the night
 A man wearing a Barcelona strip celebrates with hundreds more despite the controversy surrounding the vote

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A person sporting a Barcelona strip celebrates with a whole bunch extra regardless of the controversy surrounding the vote
 It is feared the vote could lead to the collapse of Spain

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It’s feared the vote might result in the collapse of Spain
 A woman drinks from a bottle of wine in celebration of the controversial vote

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A lady drinks from a bottle of wine in celebration of the controversial vote
 Separatist lawmakers hold their ceremonial staves into the air after a vote on independence in the Catalan parliament in Barcelona

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Separatist lawmakers maintain their ceremonial staves into the air after a vote on independence within the Catalan parliament in Barcelona
 People celebrate after the Catalan regional parliament passes the vote of independence from Spain

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Individuals have a good time after the Catalan regional parliament passes the vote of independence from Spain

However sacked Catalonia police chiefs have known as for the “safety of all” to be the principle precedence as focus turns as to whether Catalonia’s separatist government will willingly step down.

Final night time, demonstrators in Barcelona broke out in ecstatic shouts of: “Independence!” because the Catalan was declared unbiased, and separatist MPs cheered, clapped and embraced earlier than breaking out within the Catalan anthem.

Spain’s chief as a substitute seized management of the insurgent area after the controversial independence movement was handed within the 135-strong meeting by 60 votes.

Rajoy dissolved the regional parliament and stripped Catalonia’s most senior police officers of their powers, with it this morning introduced Catalonia’s regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero had been sacked at 4am.

Calling on the recent elections to “restore normality”, Prime Minister Rajoy final night time introduced: “We’ve got determined to sack the Catalan authorities. Central authorities will assume the powers of the Catalan administration.”

He added: “It isn’t about suspending or meddling within the self-government (of Catalonia), however to return it to normality and legality as quickly as doable.”

His deputy  Soraya Saenz de Santamaria answerable for the Catalan authorities till the native elections might be held.

Tensions rise in Barcelona as Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament and calls snap election
 Catalan chief of police Josep Lluis Trapero has been sacked

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Catalan chief of police Josep Lluis Trapero has been sacked
 People wave Catalan separatist flags during celebrations in Sant Jaume square in Barcelona

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Individuals wave Catalan separatist flags throughout celebrations in Sant Jaume sq. in Barcelona
 People were seen celebrating in Barcelona after the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain

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Individuals have been seen celebrating in Barcelona after the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain
 Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is seen handing in his ballot paper on Friday

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Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is seen handing in his poll paper on Friday
Enormous crowds collect in Barcelona as Catalan parliament votes to declare independence from Spain

The Spanish Senate granted the federal government particular constitutional powers to cease the rich area’s transfer towards independence.

In particular measures printed in a single day in an official gazette, Catalan’s chief Carles Puigdemont and 12 members of the Catalan Cupboard will not be paid and might be charged with usurping others’ capabilities in the event that they refuse to obey the Spanish authorities’s ruling.

Different measures adopted by the federal government this morning embody the dismissal of Josep Lluis Trapero, the pinnacle of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalan’s regional police pressure, in addition to Catalan authorities representatives in Madrid and Brussels.

Trapero turned a hero to the secessionists after his pressure took a a lot softer stance than nationwide police in imposing a authorities ban on an independence referendum on October 1.

Trapero’s dismissal was signed off by Spanish Inside Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido. Spain’s Excessive Court docket final week banned Trapero from leaving Spain and seized his passport as a part of an investigation for alleged sedition, though it didn’t order his arrest.

He had change into the picture of Catalonia worldwide within the wake of the terror assaults in Barcelona, protecting the globe knowledgeable of the horrors that noticed scores of vacationers mowed down in Barcelona and the Mediterranean resort of close by Cambrils final August.

Police smashed the jihadist cell, capturing a number of lifeless to avoid wasting the lives of extra harmless holidaymakers and locals, and efficiently tracked down and captured different members of the gang of Islamic fanatics.

 Spain now faces being ripped apart following the controversial vote

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Spain now faces being ripped aside following the controversial vote
Tensions rise in Barcelona as Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy dissolves Catalan parliament and calls snap election
 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy intends to take direct control of Catalonia

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy intends to take direct management of Catalonia
 The latest move is sure to spark fears of a civil war

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The newest transfer is certain to spark fears of a civil battle
 Emotional independence supporters were seen in tears during the processions

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Emotional independence supporters have been seen in tears throughout the processions
 There were tears of joy as the results of the vote were announced

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There have been tears of pleasure because the outcomes of the vote have been introduced

In a memo launched this morning, Mossos and nationwide law enforcement officials informed Reuters: “Given that there’s it’s more likely to be a rise in gatherings and rallies of residents in all of the territory and that there are individuals of various ideas, we should keep in mind that it’s our accountability to ensure the safety of all and assist these to happen with out incident.”

Opponents of independence for Catalonia have taken to the streets of Madrid this morning, with 1000’s waving Spanish flags within the emotional rally.

Regardless of the controversy, Catalan’s Puigdemont remained defiant, tweeting: “Catalonia is and shall be a land of freedom. “On the service of individuals. Within the troublesome moments and on the moments of celebration. Now greater than ever.”

Violence final night time broke out in Barcelona in response, with at the least two injured as demonstration for and in opposition to independence raged for hours.

A Catalan radio station was attacked and had its home windows cracked by indignant unionists final night time.

Specialists have warned of additional violence, with Federico Santi, Europe analyst at political danger consultancy Eurasia Group, saying there might be “extra severe clashes between nationwide police and pro-independence activists,” echoing widely-held fears.

 People raise arms as they gather during celebrations in Sant Jaume square

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Individuals increase arms as they collect throughout celebrations in Sant Jaume sq.
 Independence supporters waved banners as they took to the streets

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Independence supporters waved banners as they took to the streets
 Tears filled the eyes of some independence supporters in emotional scenes

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Tears stuffed the eyes of some independence supporters in emotional scenes

The continued upheaval follows a partial referendum held within the jap area of the nation earlier this month that noticed violence escape as police dragged voters out of polling stations.

The unofficial referendum on October 1 noticed almost half of Catalan residents end up and vote overwhelmingly in assist of independence.

The Spanish authorities has acquired unwavering assist from his European allies and the USA.

British Prime Minister Theresa Could mentioned Britain “is not going to recognise” Catalonia as an unbiased nation branding the vote “unlawful.”

Because the scenario escalated sharply, European Council President Donald Tusk appealed for calm.

“For EU nothing modifications. Spain stays our solely interlocutor. I hope the Spanish authorities favours pressure of argument, not argument of pressure,” he tweeted.

 A pro unity demonstrator stands in front of Catalan Regional Police officers during a protest

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A professional unity demonstrator stands in entrance of Catalan Regional Cops throughout a protest
 A demonstrator confronts Catalan riot police

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A demonstrator confronts Catalan riot police
 Independence supporters celebrate in the streets on a landmark day

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Independence supporters have a good time within the streets on a landmark day
 The crowds clapped and shouted 'independence' in Catalan before singing the regional hymn, many raising their fists

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The crowds clapped and shouted ‘independence’ in Catalan earlier than singing the regional hymn, many elevating their fists
 Just minutes after the results were announced, the Spanish Senate granted Madrid powers to impose direct rule on Catalonia

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Simply minutes after the outcomes have been introduced, the Spanish Senate granted Madrid powers to impose direct rule on Catalonia
 Tens of thousands celebrated in the streets of Barcelona after the vote was announced

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Tens of 1000’s celebrated within the streets of Barcelona after the vote was introduced
 Independence supporters massed near the Catalan parliament on Friday

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Independence supporters massed close to the Catalan parliament on Friday
 Rajoy has called his Cabinet for a crisis meeting to roll out the first measures to take back control

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Rajoy has known as his Cupboard for a disaster assembly to roll out the primary measures to take again management
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont thanks the individuals of Catalonia after voting for independence from Spain

However Scotland provided a uncommon voice of assist to Catalonia, with Scottish exterior affairs secretary Fiona Hyslop saying: “Whereas Spain has the suitable to oppose independence, the individuals of Catalonia will need to have the power to find out their very own future.”

She added that the Declaration of Independence had come solely after repeated requires dialogue have been refused, saying: “Now, greater than ever, the precedence of all those that think about themselves associates and allies of Spain must be to encourage a means of dialogue to discover a approach ahead that respects democracy and the rule of regulation.

“The imposition of direct rule can’t be the answer and must be of concern to democrats all over the place.”

Earlier a high EU official mentioned resolving the disaster in Catalonia was essential to the entire of Europe.

The vote comes days after Spain’s authorities introduced it is going to take over working Catalonia — however denied it was staging a coup.

 Separatist lawmakers hold their ceremonial staves into the air after a vote on independence in the Catalan parliament

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Separatist lawmakers maintain their ceremonial staves into the air after a vote on independence within the Catalan parliament
 The motion was passed in the 135-strong assembly with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and two blank ballots

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The movement was handed within the 135-strong meeting with 70 votes in favour, 10 in opposition to and two clean ballots
 The disputed vote is now likely to be declared illegal by Spain's constitutional court

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The disputed vote is now more likely to be declared unlawful by Spain’s constitutional court docket

Spanish crowds final night time waved Catalan separatist flags as they marched in opposition to the choice, and the imprisonment of civil society leaders Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, each main figures within the October 1 referendum.

Catalonia chief Carles Puigdemont gave a speech after becoming a member of the afternoon protest, saying in a mixture of Catalan, Spanish and English: “[The Spanish government has waged] the worst assault on establishments and Catalan individuals because the decrees of army dictator Francisco Franco abolishing the Catalan authorities.

“I ask the parliament to fulfill in a plenary session throughout which we, the representatives of the residents’ sovereignty, will have the ability to determine over this try and liquidate our authorities and our democracy and act in consequence.”

Carles Puigdemont says Catalonian individuals ‘is not going to’ settle for PM Mariano Rajoy’s choice to fireplace him
 Local police have said 450,000 have joined in the demonstration

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Native police have mentioned 450,000 have joined within the demonstration
 Spain announced that it will move to dismiss Catalonia's separatist government and call fresh elections which has angered supporters of independence

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Spain introduced that it’s going to transfer to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist authorities and name recent elections which has angered supporters of independence
 Pro-independence demonstrators joined the protest in the Spanish city

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Professional-independence demonstrators joined the protest within the Spanish metropolis
 People in the crowd held up handcuffs labelled with 'Spanish democracy?'

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Individuals within the crowd held up handcuffs labelled with ‘Spanish democracy?’
Tens of 1000’s take to the streets of Barcelona protesting at police remedy throughout Catalonia independence referendum

Police mentioned that by 5.30pm, 450,000 individuals had joined the demonstration earlier than Puigdemont mentioned the area wouldn’t settle for Madrid’s plans.

President Rajoy wants the permission of Spain’s parliament to train the authorized measures which he needs to make use of to curb the area’s energy, dissolve the federal government, and name a nationwide election inside six months.

Mr Rajoy had mentioned if he was profitable in declaring independence, his actions would restore the regulation, be certain regional establishments have been impartial, and assure public companies and financial exercise in addition to protect the civil rights of all residents.

 Dozens of people protested the Spanish government announcement

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Dozens of individuals protested the Spanish authorities announcement
 They held up signs with demands as they campaigned for independence for the region

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They held up indicators with calls for as they campaigned for independence for the area
 The region's president was pictured at the protest

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The area’s president was pictured on the protest
 Thousands came out in support of the region's aim of getting independence

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1000’s got here out in assist of the area’s purpose of getting independence
 Flags were waved and banners displayed as thousands came out to march today

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Flags have been waved and banners displayed as 1000’s got here out to march in the present day
 A young pro-independence demonstrator holding a flag

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A younger pro-independence demonstrator holding a flag
 Protesters held up signs and flags as they marched against the announcement made by the Spanish Prime Minister

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Protesters held up indicators and flags as they marched in opposition to the announcement made by the Spanish Prime Minister
 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has requested powers to dissolve Catalonia's government

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Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has requested powers to dissolve Catalonia’s authorities
Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy approves taking again powers from Catalonia
 Mr Rajoy made the announcement following a meeting of his cabinet

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Mr Rajoy made the announcement following a gathering of his cupboard

Yesterday Spain’s nationwide safety division mentioned an undisclosed variety of authorities web sites had been hit in latest weeks with slogans supporting independence for the area.

In a YouTube video posted by an account linked to Nameless, the group introduced actions that might be rolled out on Saturday as a part of ‘Operation Free Catalonia’.

No inner data was compromised.


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