Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.
Catalonia's leader accused Madrid Wednesday of imposing a "de facto state of emergency" in the Spanish region, with a series of measures to prevent an illegal independence referendum taking place.
The summer tan hasn’t even started to fade and yet Spain’s northern mountains have already received a dusting of snow.
Spain's Guardia Civil police searched several headquarters in Barcelona of Catalonia's regional government.
Spain has taken control of Catalonia's finances to prevent funds being used for an independence referendum it deems illegal, a move that limits the region's autonomy and puts in doubt the payment of thousands of public workers' salaries.