Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence.
The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region.
Catalonia’s leader said the region’s parliament would vote on independence if Spain continued “repression”.
Catalans voted to secede in a referendum outlawed by Spain.
Some fear the latest moves could spark further unrest after mass demonstrations before and since the ballot on 1 October.
Spain’s supreme court declared the vote illegal and said it violated the constitution, which describes the country as indivisible.
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