• 19 October 2017
  • From the section Europe

Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy on Saturday, after its leader threatened to declare independence.

The prime minister’s office said the cabinet would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said earlier the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain “continues repression”.

Some fear the moves could spark unrest.

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