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Barcelona students protest over Spain's plans for direct rule

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 01:07

Thousands of students take to the streets in Barcelona to protest against Madrid's plans for direct rule over the region. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Thousands of students gathered in Barcelona on Thursday (October 26) for a pro-independence rally against direct rule by the Spanish national government. It came as reports emerged that Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont was set to call a snap regional election for December 20, local media reported, a move that could help break a one-month deadlock between the Madrid government and Catalan separatists seeking independence from Spain. Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia said Puigdemont had taken the decision in a bid to convince the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to enforce direct rule in the region. Calling an election could either strengthen Puigdemont's mandate if pro-independence parties won, or allow him a graceful exit if they did not. But it could also heighten divisions within the secessionist camp and bring the current campaign to a halt.

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Barcelona students protest over Spain's plans for direct rule

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 01:07