'Catalonia is an integral part of Spain': The US sides with Spain's government in Catalonia independence dispute

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Business Insider—AP Photo/Alex Brandon The US government said it wants Spain to remain united amid the ongoing dispute over Catalan independence. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy imposed direct rule on Catalonia after the region declared independence. The Catalan parliament needed at least 68 votes for the measure to pass. The US State Department says it supports the Spanish government's efforts to seize control of Catalonia after the region's parliament declared independence on Friday. "Catalonia is an...

Catalonia Government Dissolved After Declaring Independence From Spain. Spain dismissed Catalonia's president and Cabinet and dissolved its Parliament on Friday hours after lawmakers in the autonomous region defied Madrid and voted overwhelmingly to declare independence.