The Chief Justice of the High Court in Catalonia, Jesús María Barrientos Pacho, has ordered the Catalan Police, the Mossos, to allow National Police officers to share security duties to protect the building and that those officers are not placed under the command of the Catalan Police.

The National Police are now in charge of the security of the building, the Chief Justice said, citing an article of the 1986 Security Forces Act that puts state-level forces in the lead when they coincide in an operation with one of Spain's regional police forces.

A spokeswoman for the court told The Spain Report on Monday that around 10 National Police officers had already been deployed to the building, under the command of an officer of superintendent rank.

The National Police would not confirm...

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