Catalonia's ousted leader calls for supporters to rally against Madrid rule

Lucy White
Carles Puigdemont was ousted earlier today (Source: Getty)

The sacked leader of Catalonia has this afternoon called for a “democratic opposition” to direct rule from Spain's government in Madrid.

Speaking on a news broadcast, Carles Puigdemont urged supports of Catalan independence to peacefully oppose Spain's takeover of the region and said he would continue to “work to build a free country”.

Read more: Catalonian separatist parties vote for independence from Spain

The appearance came after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved Catalonia's parliament earlier today, and booted out the region's chief of police Josep Lluis Trapero who had failed to prevent the independence vote taking place at the beginning of the month.

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

Spain's Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, was placed to lead Catalonia earlier today, and the government has called snap local elections.

Yesterday British Prime Minister Theresa May said that the UK government would not recognise Catalonia as an independent state.

Read more: Britain will not recognise Catalonia's break from Spain, says Downing Street

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