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Thousands march in Barcelona for Catalonia's independence

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Nearly half a million people took to the streets Saturday in Barcelona to protest after the Spanish Prime Minister announced that his government will remove all of Catalonia's leaders.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday that his administration would use their constitutional powers to remove Catalonia's leaders.

"The government had to enforce Article 155. It wasn't our desire, nor our intention. It never was," Rajoy said, According to CNN. "But in this situation, no government of any democratic country can accept that the law is ignored."

"The autonomy is not suspended, nor the government," he added. "People are removed who put the government outside the law, outside the constitution and outside statutes."

CNN reported that demonstrators took to the streets chanting, "Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!" and "Rajoy, Rajoy, so you know we are leaving!"

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