Catalan Parliament Votes To Declare Independence From Spain

Catalonia’s parliament has passed a motion to establish a new republic independent of Spain.

Hundreds of people reacted with jubilation outside the regional parliament in Barcelona on Friday but Spain moved quickly in its uncompromising respond to efforts to break away.

In retaliation the Spanish government sacked Catalonia’s cabinet, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said, with elections to take place on December 21 in a bid to draw a line under Spain’s worst political crisis in 40 years.

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Emotional scenes in Barcelona.

“We believe it is urgent to listen to Catalan citizens, to all of them, so that they can decide their future and nobody can act outside the law on their behalf,” Rajoy said in a televised speech on Friday evening.

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