Spain Moves To Crush Catalonia’s Autonomy Bid

Spain’s prime minister says he’ll fire the government officials of Catalonia and hold new elections there within six months. Spain’s Senate will have to approve that plan next week.

Catalonia, with its capital in Barcelona, held a referendum earlier this month that was banned by the government in Madrid. Catalans voted to break away from Spain and came close to declaring unilateral independence. The Spanish government says it’s lost patience. Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid.

LAUREN FRAYER, BYLINE: For several weeks, Spanish and Catalan officials have talked past each other – issuing ultimatums and then ignoring them – as people rally outside in Barcelona’s streets, scaring tourists away. Now the Spanish government has essentially said, enough.

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