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'Reality sinking in' for Catalonia, says minister

'Reality sinking in' for Catalonia, says minister

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Spain's foreign minister has said "reality is already sinking in" for Catalonia after Madrid dismissed the parliament.Alfonso Dastis told Sky News that authorities intend to restore law and order in the autonomous region after the regional parliament declared itself independent of Spain.He said: "It was difficult indeed but let me tell you that those who disregarded autonomy were the former Catalan government and those who supported them because they simply stopped convening the parliament, they simply stopped going.Video:Govt 'won't use force' to rule in Catalonia"What we intend to do is to restore the Catalan law, first and foremost, in Catalonia and to give a say to the Catalan people in order to make sure both the Catalan law and the Spanish constitution are respected."We are not takin...
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...
Catalonia independence declaration signed and suspended

Catalonia independence declaration signed and suspended

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceCatalan President Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders have signed a declaration of independence from Spain, following the disputed referendum.However, they say the move will not be implemented for several weeks to allow talks with the government in Madrid.The document calls for Catalonia to be recognised as an "independent and sovereign state".The move was immediately dismissed by the Spanish central government in Madrid.A 1 October referendum in the north-eastern province - which Catalan leaders say resulted in a Yes vote for independence - was declared invalid by Spain's Constitutional Court.Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Puigdemont told the Catalan parliament in Barcelona that the region had won the right to be independent as a result of the...
Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'

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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the region has won the right to statehood following Sunday's contentious referendum which was marred by violence.He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence.Hundreds of people were injured as Spanish police used force to try to block voting.The Spanish government had pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.Police officers prevented some people from voting, and seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations."With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form a republic," Mr Puigdemont said in a televised address flanked by other senior Catalan leaders."My government, in the next few days will send the res...
Tensions high in run-up to Catalonia independence vote

Tensions high in run-up to Catalonia independence vote

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Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tensions continued to run high with Spain's national government pledging to block Sunday's planned independence referendum in Catalonia.Last week, Spain's national police confiscated 9 million ballots from a warehouse outside Barcelona that Catalonian officials had planned to use to carry out a controversial independence referendum set for Sunday.The dramatic turn of events, first reported by Catalan News, was an opening salvo by the Spanish government to prevent what it regards as an illegal vote from taking place. The government has ordered police and the Guardia Civil, or Spanish Civil Guard, to confiscate all election-related materials, including the actual ballot boxes. Polling supervisors have been threatened with fines of up to 300,000 euros if they help facilitate...