>> Thousands demonstrating in Barcelona on Saturday after Spain's Prime Minister says he'll sack Catalonia's leaders forcing the region into a new election. Speaking after an emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mariano Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region's parliament. But said the Spanish government had to prevent the region from pushing ahead with independence.
> Applying Article 155 now, means that Spain's Constitution can impose direct rule on the region. That's not a green light yet though, it will need to be approved by the National Parliament first which will take place on Friday. If it passes, it would be a move unprecedented since Spain returned to the Democratic Rule in the 1970s.
The plans come almost three weeks after Catalonia held a disputed independence referendum. Spain Supreme Court has declared the vote illegal and said it violated the Constitution. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ignored a deadline on Thursday to drop succession, the second neglected deadline this week. Instead he wrote a letter to Rajoy threatening a formal declaration of independence unless the government agrees to dialogue.
The dispute has raised fears of social unrest, cuts growth prospects for the year recent fourth largest economy and rattle the Euro.