Carles Puigdemont says Catalans will not accept the Spanish government’s plans to impose direct rule on the region. He describes it as the worst attack on Catalonia’s institutions since General Franco’s 1939 to 1975 dictatorship, under which autonomy was dissolved. He says Mariano Rajoy’s government is acting against the democratic will of the Catalan people by refusing all offers of dialogue, and that he will call for a session of the regional parliament to debate a response to the Spanish prime minister’s plans. Police say 450,000 people took part in protests in Barcelona on Saturday

Catalan separatists prepare for war of attrition against Madrid

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