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Spain faces acid test on first day of Catalonia direct rule

Oct 30, 2017, 6:39 AM EDT
(Source: Núria/flickr)
(Source: Núria/flickr)

Spain’s move to impose a direct rule in Catalonia faces a crucial test on Monday as uncertainty builds over whether the functioning of the regional institutions will be hampered by calls for mass civil disobedience.

Madrid is likely to replace 150 Catalan ministers with Spanish officials, a development that could spur widespread protests, writes the BBC. More than 200,000 civil servants in Catalonia have received detailed instructions from pro-independence groups on how to respond as the Spanish regime takes control of the region.

The month-long political crisis has fueled social unrest and stunted economic growth, prompting companies to consider relocating from Catalonia in search of stability and certainty, notes Reuters. Stemming the migration of businesses remains one of the major challenges for the Madrid government. 

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