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Catalan parliament reaffirms its plans for split from Spain

  • Anna Gabriel, deputy of anti-capitalist Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) speaks wearing a t-shirt reading in Catalan: "Without fear, We disobey for the independence" during a debate of the plenary of the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ruling pro-independence governing parties of Spain¹s powerful Catalonia region are expected to reaffirm their declared intention of pressing ahead with the a process to disconnecting from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Anna Gabriel, deputy of anti-capitalist Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) speaks wearing a t-shirt reading in Catalan: "Without fear, We disobey for the independence" during a debate of the plenary of the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ruling pro-independence governing parties of Spain¹s powerful Catalonia region are expected to reaffirm their declared intention of pressing ahead with the a process to disconnecting from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A general view during a debate of the plenary of the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ruling pro-independence governing parties of Spain¹s powerful Catalonia region are expected to reaffirm their declared intention of pressing ahead with the a process to disconnecting from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    A general view during a debate of the plenary of the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ruling pro-independence governing parties of Spain¹s powerful Catalonia region are expected to reaffirm their declared intention of pressing ahead with the a process to disconnecting from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anna Gabriel, deputy of anti-capitalist Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) looks on wearing a tee-shirt reading in Catalan: "Without fear, We disobey for the independence" at the Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ruling pro-independence governing parties of Spain¹s powerful Catalonia region are expected to reaffirm their declared intention of pressing ahead with the a process to disconnecting from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Anna Gabriel, deputy of anti-capitalist Candidatura d'Unitat Popular (CUP) looks on wearing a tee-shirt reading in Catalan: "Without fear, We disobey for the independence" at the Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The ruling pro-independence governing parties of Spain¹s powerful Catalonia region are expected to reaffirm their declared intention of pressing ahead with the a process to disconnecting from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Ruling pro-independence parties in Catalonia have reaffirmed their declared intention to disconnect from Spain despite a Constitutional Court ruling suspending that declaration.

The motion was approved Thursday in the regional parliament in Barcelona by the "Together for Yes" group and its anti-capitalist coalition partner, CUP.

The parliament, however, rejected calls by CUP for regional lawmakers and institutions, including local police, to disobey Spanish courts.

The motion's approval comes in response to the Constitutional Court's rejection of the original announcement of a road map for independence by 2017 that was approved Nov. 10.

Pro-secession parties hold a slim majority in the parliament but the region of 7.5 million people is evenly divided over splitting from Spain.

Catalonia accounts for nearly a fifth of Spain's economic output.