Catalonia crisis: Spanish prime minister wants region’s leaders removed

Barcelona, Spain (CNN)The Spanish government aggressively moved to squash Catalonia’s growing independence movement Saturday when Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to dissolve the regional government, remove elected leaders as soon as possible and hold new elections.

    Rajoy, left, called Saturday for the removal of Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.Rajoy, left, called Saturday for the removal of Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.People hold candles and a Catalan flag during a demonstration in Barcelona against the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders on October 17.People hold candles and a Catalan flag during a demonstration in Barcelona against the arrest of two Catalan separatist leaders on October 17.Protesters gather in Barcelonas city center on Saturday. 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