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PHOTO GALLERY: Catalonia's parliament declares independence from Spain




People react while the Catalan regional parliament votes for independence of Catalonia from Spain in Barcelona, Spain October 27, 2017 Reuters

People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona AFP

People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona (Photo: AFP)

People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona (Photo: AFP)

A woman reacts while the Catalan regional parliament votes for independence of Catalonia from Spain in Barcelona, Spain October 27, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (R) leaves the hemicycle after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona (Photo: AFP)

People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain in Barcelona on October 27, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain in Barcelona on October 27, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

People celebrate after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona AFP

Catalan pro independence mayors applaud to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (L) after a session of the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on October 27, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

Catalonia's parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday, in defiance of the Spanish government.

In reaction, Spain has imposed direct rule over the region.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said the European Union will only deal with the central government in Madrid as “Spain remains our only interlocutor.”

Although the declaration was in effect a symbolic gesture, the moves by both sides take Spain's worst political crisis in four decades to a new level.