Oct 5 (Reuters) - Catalonia’s leader plans to declare independence from Spain unilaterally after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.
But Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday suspended the session of the Catalan parliament due next Monday at which local leaders were expected to agree on secession.
Spanish riot police used truncheons and rubber bullets on voters in the referendum on Sunday, drawing worldwide criticism and tipping Spain into its biggest constitutional crisis in decades.
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