Spain is set to put in place measures to take direct control of Catalonia in response to the region’s declaration of independence last week.
On Friday, Madrid stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and removed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from office.
The temporary move will see as many as 150 of the region’s ministers replaced. Some have vowed to continue to work.
Mr Puigdemont and other Catalan officials may face criminal charges, a move likely to lead to huge protests.
PG View: Those charges have since been announced:
Spanish prosecutor announces charges including rebellion against Catalan leaders behind declaration of independence. https://t.co/d4oRBRvWpW
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 30, 2017