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Madrid imposes direct rule on Catalonia just 40 minutes after the region FINALLY declared independence as Spanish Prime Minister calls for ‘calm’ amid fears of violence on streets

Daily Mail Online

  • The Catalan parliament has voted 70 to 10 – with two blank ballots – to declare its independence from Spain
  • In response, the Spanish senate in Madrid has dismantled Catalonia’s autonomy by invoking article 155
  • Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said he wanted to ‘shut down’ the Catalan regional parliament in a speech today
  • Catalan MPs opposed to the region’s independence stormed out of parliament before the vote in protest
  • Jubilant Catalans were seen dancing in the streets of Barcelona in response to the news of the declaration
  • But shares in Catalan banks fell sharply in response to the news – dragging the entire stock market with them
  • Both EU and USA, meanwhile, have backed Spain after the vote – with the US also backing use of article 155

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