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People wave separatist Catalan flags and placards during a demonstration organised by Catalan pro-independence movements ANC (Catalan National Assembly) and Omnium Cutural, following the imprisonment of their two leaders in Barcelona, October 21, 2017.

Spain to sack Catalan government

MADRID - The Spanish government will impose direct rule on Catalonia, firing the regional government and forcing a new election, it said, unprecedented steps that brought thousands of pro-independence protesters onto to the streets.


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