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Spain puts forth plan to prevent secession

Premier pursues control of region

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was originally published October 22, 2017 at 3:54 a.m. Updated October 22, 2017 at 3:54 a.m.

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People flood the streets of Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday in what began as a protest against the jailing of pro-independence activists and turned into an outcry over the central government’s move to take over the Catalonia region.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (center) holds hands with Deputy President Oriol Junqueras (left) and speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forc...

People listen on their phones Saturday to a speech by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in Barcelona, Spain.

BARCELONA, Spain -- The confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive escalated Saturday as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (center) holds hands with Deputy President Oriol Junqueras (left) and speaker of the Catalan parliament Carme Forc...

People listen on their phones Saturday to a speech by Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in Barcelona, Spain.

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