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Spain has jailed eight Catalan ministers, and Carles Puigdemont's lawyer says an arrest warrant has been issued.
Puigdemont led Catalonia's controversial independence referendum before making a declaration of independence last week.
Puigdemont said the national government's actions are 'contrary to the expressed will of the citizens of our country' in a TV address on Saturday.
Catalonia's regional parliament voted for independence on Friday, sparking a constitutional crisis in Spain.
Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria has been put in charge of the Catalan region amid a constitutional standoff.
‘Catalonia is an integral part of Spain’: The US sides with Spain’s government in Catalonia independence dispute
The US State Department said it supports the Spanish government's right to take control of Catalonia after the region's parliament declared independence Friday.