Spain boots out Catalan police chief in continuing push to take control

Lucy White
Catalonia's police chief has been fired (Source: Getty)

Spain's government has sacked the chief of Catalonia's regional police force, Josep Lluis Trapero, in a continuing push to take back control of the region which has declared its independence.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Madrid has already dissolved the devolved parliament and this morning installed Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, to lead Catalonia.

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It is unclear how Catalan's police force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, will respond if ordered to evict the sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and his government.

An internal note from the Mossos d'Esquadra, seen by Reuters, urged its members to behave neutrally.

Trapero fell foul of the Madrid government when his force did not manage to enforce a ban on the 1 October independence vote.

Rajoy's vow to take back control of Catalonia comes after the north-west region said it had won an independence vote on Friday. Spain's Constitutional Court had previously declared the vote illegal.

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