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Catalonia's moment of truth arrives as Spain weighs response

The start of the speech, scheduled for 6 pm, was delayed for about an hour as parliamentary authorities met

Esteban Duarte Maria Tadeo & Charles Penty | Bloomberg 

The Catalan government’s determination to break from Spain faces its moment of truth, with the region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, risking immediate arrest if he goes too far down the path of independence. Puigdemont is due to address the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on the outcome of an October 1 referendum ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court. While the president has said the majority who voted for full autonomy must be heeded, Spanish police are prepared to seize him if he makes a unilateral declaration of independence, according to two people familiar with the ...

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First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 01:57 IST