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Catalan police call for neutrality as Spain exerts control

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the Catalan government

Sonya Dowsett & Jesús Aguado 

Catalonia’s police force told its officers to remain neutral in the struggle over the region’s fight for independence on Saturday, a step towards averting possible conflict as the Madrid government starts to impose direct control. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the Catalan government, took over the administration and called a new election after the regional parliament made a unilateral declaration of independence on Friday, aggravating Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades. The declaration of Catalonia as a separate nation was almost immediately ...

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First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 20:53 IST
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