Spain imposes direct rule over Catalonia, suspends regional government and Police

- Spain imposes direct rule over Catalonia.

- Spanish Prime Minister dismissed all regional politicians and called for fresh elections.

- Rajoy announced the suspension of the top officials of Catalonia's regional police, and the appointment of administrators in the region
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday announced that the Spanish Parliament had approved the activation of article 155 of their constitution
which allows the country to directly rule over Catalonia.

The move also saw Rajoy announce that the dissolution of the Catalan parliament and suspension of their top officials including President Carles Puigdemont.

He also announced the suspension of the top officials of Catalonia's regional police, and the appointment of administrators in the region. 

"The Spanish people have seen a sad day today, where nonsense has prevailed over the law and has demolished democracy in Catalonia," he declared in a televised address.

"These are sad and anxious times," Rajoy said, adding that Friday's vote "ended the Catalan tradition of fostering agreement".  

Rajoy had previously held a cabinet meeting which lasted for three hours shortly before announcing the decision.

"Spain is a serious country and a great nation, and we will not tolerate that a few people try to liquidate our constitution," Rajoy told journalists before the meeting. 

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