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The Spanish government had repeatedly insisted the referendum was illegal.

Madrid has given Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont until Thursday to clarify whether he is declaring independence following the referendum, which resulted in a 90% "Yes" vote - although turnout was only 43% as many supporters of Spanish unity stayed away.

Seven hundred companies left Catalonia between October 2 - the day after a referendum on independence which Madrid branded illegal - and October 16, according to Spain's companies registry and.

Thousands of people are protesting in Barcelona to demand the release of two Catalan pro-independence activists jailed a day earlier by Spanish authorities in a sedition case. "We are facing an executive power in the state that uses the judiciary branch to block the legislative", he said.

The demonstration was over Monday's jailing of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, leaders of the Catalan grassroots organizations Catalan National Assembly and Omnium Cultural, in a sedition investigation.

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Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Sanchez and Cuixart were jailed because they are suspected of interfering with a judge's orders. The incidents happened on September 20 and 21, when a crowd surrounded an office of the Generalitat (Catalonian government) to repudiate a search by the Spanish Civil Guard, related to the preparations for the referendum. On Tuesday, a spokesman for generality said that Catalan government's response on Thursday would be same as on Monday.

"Does anybody really think that if you destroy a police vehicle, nothing then happens?"

Article 155, which can only be triggered by an absolute majority of senators, would refore enable central Government to take direct control of all or part of delegated powers: police, finances, education, etc.

Information for this article was contributed by Aritz Parra, Ciaran Giles and Barry Hatton of The Associated Press; and by Raphael Minder of The New York Times.

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