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Thousands demand release of Catalan officials

Thousands demand release of Catalan officials

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Tens of thousands of Catalan pro-independence supporters packed streets in Barcelona to demand the release of officials who pushed for the region to split from Spain.At the march, organised by Catalonia's two main grassroots independence groups, activists waved Catalan flags and held yellow banners with the word "Freedom".After the Catalan government declared independence on 27 October, Madrid dismissed the region's leader Carles Puigdemont, his administration and the parliament.Catalonia's autonomy was suspended and Madrid called for new elections on 21 December.Image:Tens of thousands of people took part in the march in BarcelonaMr Puigdemont is currently in self-imposed exile in Belgium awaiting a hearing on possible extradition back to Spain after Madrid issued an EU-wide warrant.The d...
Catalan leader criticises EU for backing 'coup'

Catalan leader criticises EU for backing 'coup'

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The disputed president of Catalonia has told a crowd of 200 mayors from the region that he will "defeat at the ballot box the Spanish government’s repression" of the region's wish for independence. In his first public appearance since he was called before a Belgian judge at the weekend to answer an arrest warrant issue by Spain, Carles Puigdemont accused Spain of a "coup d'etat" in Catalonia."Thank you for your commitment to democracy... people are wondering why Europe doesn't intervene in the face of a coup d'etat in Catalonia," the ousted leader said.Defending the illegal referendum of 1 October, which sparked the crisis, he said Catalonia "has one path to becoming a republic via democracy".:: Catalonia: What next for Carles Puigdemont?Video:Voices of Catalonia on independenceThe mayors,
Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont vows to resist takeover

Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont vows to resist takeover

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Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule from Madrid.He condemned the suspension of Catalonia's autonomy and promised to continue to "work to build a free country".He made the call in a pre-recorded TV address to Catalans broadcast on Saturday afternoon.The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government.The measures came early on Saturday after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence the previous day.Madrid's enforcer for CataloniaMedia playback is unsupported on your deviceAnd Spain's interior ministry has taken charge of Catalonia's police after firing senior Catalan police officials.Friday saw Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announce the dissolution of the regional parlia...
Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government

Catalonia independence: Spain takes charge of Catalan government

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The Spanish government has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government.The measures early on Saturday came after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on Friday.An official state bulletin dismissed Catalan leaders and handed control of Catalonia to Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.Earlier, Spain's interior ministry took charge of Catalonia's police after firing senior Catalan police officials.On Friday, PM Mariano Rajoy announced the dissolution of the regional parliament and the removal of the Catalan leader, and called snap local elections.Demonstrations for and against independence went on into the night.More are expected on Saturday, with a rally "for the unity of Spain and the constitution" to be held in Madrid.The cris...
Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid

Catalan crisis: Regional MPs debate Spain takeover bid

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceBackers and opponents of independence in Catalonia have clashed in parliament over the way forward as the Spanish government is set to reassert control.The debate began after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont did not reveal a favoured course of action, and called on MPs to decide on a response.On Friday Spain's Senate is expected to curtail the region's autonomous powers. The move follows Catalonia's independence referendum, which Spain's Constitutional Court declared illegal.Mr Puigdemont declared independence after the 1 October vote. But he immediately suspended implementation, calling for talks.The Catalan government said that of the 43% who took part in the referendum, 90% were in favour of independence.Many people gathered in Barcelona on...