Catalans declare independence as Madrid imposes direct rule

  • Media playback is unsupported on your device – – Media captionThe moment Catalan parliament declared independence – The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region.Catalan MPs easily approved the move amid an opposition boycott.Spanish Prime Minister…
  • What happened in the Catalan parliament?A motion declaring independence was approved on Friday with 70 in favour, 10 against, and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber.The measure calls for the transfer of legal powers from Spain to an independent Catalonia.But the Spanish Constitutional Court is likely to declare it illegal,…
  • Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has called for supporters to “maintain the momentum” in a peaceful manner.Crowds have been celebrating the declaration of independence and Spanish flags have been removed from some regional government buildings in Catalonia.The mood in the crowdBy James Reynolds in BarcelonaThe pro-independence crowd outside the parliament followed…
  • “What will the Spanish government do next?Soon after the vote at the regional parliament, the Senate – Spain’s upper house – made the unprecedented step of approving measures allowing the Spanish government to impose direct rule over Catalonia.There were 214 votes in favour and 47 against.Urging calm, Mr Rajoy said:…
  • How did we get here?After the 1 October referendum, Mr Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence but delayed implementation to allow talks with the Spanish government.A deadline set by Madrid for him to clarify his intentions came and went, prompting Mr Rajoy to announce plans to impose direct rule.Catalonia is…

Catalonia’s parliament declares independence but Madrid imposes direct rule over the region.
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Catalonia referendum: Spain apologises to injured Catalans

  • Image copyright – Getty Images – – – – – Image caption – – Police moved in to prevent people voting in Sunday’s disputed election – – – – The Spanish government’s representative in Catalonia has apologised to those injured during police efforts to stop Sunday’s independence referendum.But Enric Millo…
  • “Every attempt the Spanish government has used to impede things to happen, they have been demonstrated completely not only useless but counter-productive,” he told the BBC in English.In the first apology by a Spanish government official over the violence on Sunday, which saw hundreds injured as police, trying to enforce…
  • Friday has seen a number of political, business and judicial developments in the unfolding crisis in Catalonia.The political developmentsCatalan President Carles Puigdemont now plans to address the Catalan parliament on Tuesday at 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT), the speaker of the parliament says.Spain’s Constitutional Court had earlier suspended the Catalan…
  • There have been several claims of irregularities, and many ballot boxes were seized by the Spanish police.After a cabinet meeting, the Spanish government spokesman also expressed regret that people had “suffered consequences” during Sunday’s vote – though he cast doubt on the numbers who had been injured.Íñigo Méndez de Vigo…
  • Catalonia in numbers – – – – – – – – – – – Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Eurostat, Bank of Spain – – – Getty – – – – – – – – The judicial developmentsMeanwhile, the Catalan chief of police, Josep Lluis Trapero, has appeared before…

The government’s representative in Catalonia had blamed the Catalans for holding an illegal vote.
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