Catalan leader Quim Torra relaunched a campaign to split his region from Spain on Tuesday.
Catalonia's parliament is set to vote on Saturday on whether to appoint as regional president Quim Torra, handpicked by deposed leader Carles Puigdemont.
Spain acted on Wednesday to block pro-independence politicians in Catalonia from voting in ex-leader Carles Puigdemont.
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday offered to meet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy outside Spain for talks on the region's independence crisis.
Protesters clashed with police trying to reclaim disputed religious artefacts from a museum in Catalonia on Monday.
After their failed independence bid, which saw leaders being detained or fleeing abroad, Catalan separatists head into a new election this month divided over the future.
Catalonia's former leader challenged Spain and the European Union to respect the result of Catalan regional elections in December.
Veteran Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, under house arrest since 2015 for alleged coup plotting.
Tens of thousands of Catalan independence supporters clogged one of Barcelona's main avenues on Saturday to demand the release of separatist leaders.
Spain's economy minister on Thursday reiterated a 2018 economic growth forecast of 2.3 percent.
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Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday slammed the European Union for backing what he termed Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy's "coup d'etat".
A Spanish judge has issued an arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former councillors.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sacked the government of Catalonia on Friday.
Spain on Friday sacked Catalonia's regional government, dissolved the Catalan parliament and called a snap election in the region for Dec. 21.
The European Commission said on Monday it had not changed its position on Catalonia after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he would invoke special
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's decision to fire Catalonia's government and force a new election is a "coup" and an "attack against democracy."
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said Friday his government has reached a "critical point" as it seeks to use emergency measures to stop Catalonia's separatist bid.
Theresa May clearly side with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the central government's standoff with Catalonia.
The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) to hold regional elections in January in Catalonia.