Mariano Rajoy

The Latest: Catalan official: Spanish move is 'coup d'etat'

The Latest on Catalonia's effort to break away from Spain and the Spanish government's response (all times local):

8 p.m.

The speaker of the Catalan parliament says Spain's central authorities have made an effective "coup d'etat" in what she called an "authoritarian" attempt to take control of the northeastern region.

Legislator Carme Forcadell says in Barcelona that Spanish Prime Minister "Mariano Rajoy has announced a de facto coup d'etat with the goal of ousting a democratically elected government."

Forcadell said the move is "an authoritarian blow within a member of the European Union."

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