Timeline: Catalonia debates independence throughout history


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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