>> Civil servants in Catalonia are caught up in a test of strength over who rules the region. Separatists urging public workers to stay home Monday in protest at the central government's move to seize power there. But it's not yet clear how many have heeded the call. The game plan for pro-independence politicians is also up in the air.
Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and his ministers have been fired by the national government. Madrid's top prosecutor outlining possible charges of rebellion and misuse of public money. A source says a routine Monday meeting by the regional parliament has been cancelled. But this local politician went to work Monday saying only his own government, the Catalonian government, can stop him.
>> They've asked me if I feel like I've been sacked. And I said no, because my government has to sack me. These are considerations I'll make and will do whatever is pertinent. Weeks of demonstrations by the pro and anti-independence camps continued through the weekend. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of loyalists took to Barcelona streets saying they're proud to be Spanish.
Past elections and polling have suggested that Catalans are split roughly 50/50 on the issue. National Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called a snap election on December 21st. He hopes that big loses for the rebel politicians will strip them of any mandate for independence. Catalonia is Spain's most affluent region.
And separatists say it gets a raw deal on tax, and needs independence to preserve Catalan's culture, and it's unique language.