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Catalonia's separatist leader calls for peaceful resistance to Spain takeover

BARCELONA, Spain - Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont called Saturday for peaceful resistance to direct rule by Madrid, a day after Spain's central government fired him and dissolved his government in response to Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.

The Madrid government, meanwhile, began implementing its administrative takeover of Catalonia, the first such imposition of direct central rule in a Spanish region since

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