Timeline: Catalonia debates independence throughout history

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Emilio Morenatti
People react as they celebrate the unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia outside the Catalan Parliament, in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Catalonias’ regional Parliament passed a motion on Oct. 27 to establish an independent Catalan Republic. (AP Photo/ Emilio Morenatti)

Catalonia has its own language, its own parliament, and a notoriously rocky relationship with its home country: Spain.

The parliament of the autonomous region declared independence on Oct. 27, and Spain responded by approving direct rule over the region and dismissing Catalonia’s government.

This timeline shows a history of the Catalan independence movement in the 20th century and recent events leading up to the declaration.

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