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Catalonia refuses to bow to Madrid

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People attend a candle-lit demonstration in Barcelona against the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders. AFP

MADRID (Reuters) – Catalonia refused yesterday to bow to the Spanish government’s demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week. The Spanish government has threatened to put Catalonia under direct central rule if its government does not abandon independence by tomorrow. But Catalonia’s government rejected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s deadline. “Giving in forms no part of this government’s scenarios,” Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull said. “On Thursday, we won’t give anything different than what we gave on Monday.”

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