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Spain seeking criminal charges against Catalan leaders for independence vote

The Spanish government is seeking to bring criminal charges against Catalan leaders for allowing their assembly to vote for independence.

The Catalan parliament in Barcelona voted on Wednesday to continue plans to increase the community's self-determination.

The text passed argues that self-determination could only be exercised by '[disconnecting]' from the Spanish state and Spanish institutions.

Spain's government has viewed the move as a constitutional violation and has asked the Constitutional Court to annul the resolution as well as to look into criminal charges against the assembly's speaker Carme Forcadell.

Read more on Al Jazeera.