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Catalans declare independence

But secession on hold as Spanish region’s leader seeks talks

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Photographs by AP/FRANCISCO SECO

Supporters of independence for the Catalonia region hold up a message on a European Union flag Tuesday during a rally in Barcelona, Spain.

Catalan separatists on Tuesday signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain, though the Catalonia region's president said he would delay implementing it for several weeks while he seeks talks with the government in Madrid.

Carles Puigdemont, the regional president of Catalonia, signs an independence declaration document after a parliamentary session Tuesday in Barcelona....

Catalan Regional President Carles Puigdemont (center), speaking Tuesday to his parliament, declared the Oct. 1 referendum approving a break with Spain...

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