Spain: Police leave Catalan party HQ after 8-hour standoff
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Spanish security forces stood down and departed from the headquarters of the pro-Catalan-independence political party CUP (Candidatura d’Unitat Popular) on Wednesday in Barcelona after an eight-hour standoff. The Catalan protesters guarded the HQ to prevent the police from searching the premises without a court order. The incident is part of a wider crackdown by Madrid on a planned referendum on Catalan independence.