Catalonia’s regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra has been fired by Madrid.

This is happening a day after imposing direct control on the region over a bid to break away from Spain.

The firing of Josep Lluis Trapero, Catalonia’s highest-ranking policeman, was published in the official government gazette as Spain perched on a knife’s edge in its worst political crisis in decades.

The Catalonia Parlimentary on Friday voted to declare independence from Spain.

The vote in the regional parliament followed a tense week of last-ditch negotiations between Madrid and Barecelona.

Seventy Catalan deputies voted for independence, with 10 opposed and two blank ballot slips.

Rounds of applause broke out in the chamber as members of the parliament hugged and shook hands.

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