Spain: Emotions run high as Catalan Parliament votes for independence

A mass gathering of pro-Catalan independence supporters celebrated outside the Catalan regional Parliament in Barcelona, Friday, as legislators inside the building voted in favour of declaring independence from Spain. Catalans shed tears of joy and rushed to embrace one another as the region's lawmakers announced the result. Footage also shows one supporter receiving treatment from paramedics... Еще after apparently losing consciousness. The medics later evacuated him. The vote came just before the Spanish national Senate voted in favour of invoking Article 155. The measure was activated by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday, and would allow Madrid to establish de facto direct rule over Catalonia. Rajoy is now expected to hold a cabinet meeting to discuss possible next steps.

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