>> Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards marching on the Catalan regional government headquarters on Sunday calling for a unified Spain after Catalonia declared independence on Friday. While the Barcelona demonstration was mostly peaceful, a group of angry unity protesters shook barricades and shouted at Catalan police who were guarding the building.
The tense scenes came after the first poll was published, since Madrid called a regional election to try and resolve the crisis over Catalan demands for independence. The poll gave political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain a small lead. After Catalonia's declaration, Spain's prime minister responded by imposing direct rule on the autonomous region, sacking the regional leader, Carles Puigdemont and dismissing his government.
> Catalans are now set to vote for a new regional parliament on December 21st. The Catalan government, which is still claiming to hold power, says it was given a mandate to secede from Spain in an unofficial referendum held on October 1st.