Catalan separatist leader urges ‘democratic opposition’ to Madrid takeover

Catalan separatist leader urges ‘democratic opposition’ to Madrid takeover

Catalonia's secessionist leader on Saturday defiantly called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule imposed by the central government on the semi-autonomous region after its parliament declared unilateral independence.

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

"Prison for Puigdemont," shouted thousands of people in central Madrid, gathered under a giant Spanish flag Saturday in anger at Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence under secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont.

Madrid fires Catalonia’s regional police chief

Madrid fires Catalonia’s regional police chief

Madrid on Saturday dismissed the chief of Catalonia's regional police, the Mossos d'Esquadra, a day after imposing direct control on the region over a bid to break away from Spain.

Spain seizes control of ‘independent’ Catalonia

Spain seizes control of ‘independent’ Catalonia

Spain moved Saturday to assert direct rule over Catalonia, replacing its executive and top officials to quash an independence drive that has pushed the country into uncharted waters and sent shock waves through Europe.