Regional president, Carles Puigdemont, to set out independence plans for first time since referendum that provoked standoff with Spanish government. Follow the latest developments
Catalonia has declared independence once before. On 6 October 1934, the president of the Generalitat, Lluís Companys, proclaimed a Catalan state, but it did not end well.
The move was quickly crushed by the government. Companys was arrested, tried and sentenced to 30 years in prison for rebellion, the autonomous government was suspended and virtually all its members were jailed.
We hope they don’t declare anything tomorrow, because anyone doing so might end up like him 83 years ago, in prison.
El Pais video journalist Alfonso Congostrina is also outside the Catalan parliament in Barcelona. He has been recording the build-up to Carles Puigdemont’s speech all afternoon.
His videos show Catalan parliamentarians arriving for the announcement, which is set to take place at 5pm UK time.