Catalan leaders have said that they will not abide orders from Madrid if the Spanish government moves to retake control over the region.

“The central government acted against the will of Catalans,” a regional government spokesman said.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has unveiled plans to fire the region’s government and curb some of the powers of its parliament.

However, the Catalan parliament has scheduled a meeting, which will be held on Thursday, to discuss its response to the latest Spanish government’s moves.

The pro-independence leaders could decide to initiate a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain.

Thus far, the Spanish Senate is set to approve the government’s measures on Friday along with a proposal for fresh regional elections.

More details to follow. Image 1 of Catalans marching from Politico.

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