Spain court annuls Catalan secession declaration

MADRID – Spain's Constitutional Court has ruled illegal the ousted Catalan parliament's recent vote to declare the region independent from Spain.


The ruling Wednesday came as pro-independence protesters blocked roads and stopped commuter trains in the northeastern region as part of a strike to protest the jailing of ousted Catalan government officials and secessionist activists before and after the Oct. 27 declaration.


The court had initially suspended implementation of the secession declaration last month while it studied its legality following a challenge by the Spanish government.


First published: 11.08.17, 16:00