Spanish govt turns to court to block Catalan independence drive

MADRID – Spain’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended a resolution passed by Catalonia’s parliament that declared the start of a secession process, at the request of the central government in Madrid.

Demonstrators unfold a, “Estelada” (pro-independence Catalan flag) during celebrations for Catalonia’s National Day, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015

After several hours of deliberation, the court accepted a lawsuit filed by the conservative central government against the resolution, which was passed by Catalonia’s regional parliament on Monday.

Acceptance of the lawsuit means the motion is immediately suspended while the court considers legal arguments.

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