[In pictures] Historic day as Catalonia declares independence before Spain's crackdown

[In pictures] Historic day as Catalonia declares independence before Spain's crackdown
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It’s been a historic day in Spain today as the country’s Catalonia crisis plunged to new depths.

Here is how the day unfolded in pictures.

Catalan leader Puigdemont votes, before Catalan parliament backs independence

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Spain’s senate counters by voting to impose direct rule on Catalonia

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Under pressure: Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy

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Catalan chiefs sing the region’s anthem

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Pro-independence supporters gather in large numbers before the regional Government building

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Rajoy sacks Puigdemont and the Catalan parliament and calls fresh elections

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Catalonia: independence day

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