Catalonia on uncertain footing as elections ruled out

People hold Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags near the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona on October 26, 2017. Catalan opposition lawmakers pleaded with separatist president Carles Puigdemont to ease Spain's worst crisis in decades and avoid a drastic move by Madrid to seize control of the semi-autonomous region. PHOTO | PAU BARRENA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In the Catalan legislature, opposition lawmakers pleaded with Puigdemont to find a solution to the standoff closely watched by a European Union wary of nationalist and secessionist sentiment, particularly after Britain's dramatic decision to leave the bloc.

  • The mood in Barcelona on Thursday was mixed, as many wished for elections to ease the crisis, while others wanted independence now.

  • Catalans are fiercely protective of their language, culture and autonomy — restored after the 1939-75 dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

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