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Spain cracks down hard after Catalonia declares independence

Basque activists from “Bizi” (“Live” in Basque) hold a flag of the Basque region, left, and an independence Catalonia flag after setting up a banner on the facade of the Spanish Consulate in Bayonne, southwestern France, Friday, Oct.27, 2017. In an impassioned addressed, Spain’s prime minister on Friday appealed to the country’s Senate to grant constitutional powers that would allow the central government to take control of Catalonia’s authorities. Banner refers to jailed Catalonia leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart and reads “Stop the totalitarian drift” . (AP Photo/Bob Edme)


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