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Massive crowd rally to demand the release of imprisoned Catalan leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart at a demonstration for Catalan independence on October 21, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish government announced measures today it will implement in triggering Article 155, which would lead to the imposition of direct rule by Spanish authorities in Catalonia and at least temporarily suspend the region's autonomy. The government also plans to hold Catalan regional elections in January. The moves come after Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont let a Thursday deadline today pass and threatened to go forward with Catalan independence. October 21, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.