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Madrid fires Catalonia's regional police chief

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Madrid fires Catalonia's regional police chief
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09:59 CEST+02:00
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.

The firing of Josep Lluis Trapero, Catalonia's highest-ranking policeman, was published in the official government gazette as Spain perched on a knife's edge in its worst political crisis in decades.

He was seen as an ally of Catalonia's separatist leaders. Madrid instead put the interior ministry in charge of his department in a move likely to further escalate tensions in Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Read the latest on Catalonia and Spain here: Spain seizes control of 'independent' Catalonia


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