Is this moment citizens of Catalonia have been waiting for?

Their leader Carles Puigdemont is about to make a statement at 1130 GMT on Thursday, the regional government said.

This is happening amid speculation he could declare independence from Spain or call new elections.

The Catalan government said he would make an announcement, without giving further details.

Puigdemont is under intense pressure from members of his party to call early elections to ease the separatist crisis, according to a source close to the Catalan leader, who refused to be named.

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