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Catalonia Declared Independence For Just Six Seconds And Now People Are Confused

"Independence! ... No, sorry, I meant to say Moonlight."

Posted on October 11, 2017, at 11:59 a.m. ET

On Tuesday, the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, made an address to the region's parliament in Barcelona saying that it had won the right to be independent from Spain.

Lluis Gene / AFP / Getty Images

Puigdemont's address comes after the results of a disputed referendum earlier this month that saw the region — which has been living in relative autonomy for the last nearly half-century — vote overwhelmingly in favor of leaving Spain.

The results of the referendum were, however, skewed, as the Spanish government in Madrid had declared it illegal and put a ban on voting, which resulted in clashes between Spanish police and Catalan voters.

However, a few seconds after seeming to declare Catalonian independence, Puigdemont immediately suspended it "for a few weeks, to open a period of dialogue."

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People were very confused.

Los compañeros de la prensa extranjera. #confusing #10Oct #Catalonia

@SaraCantosGarci / Twitter / Via Twitter: @SaraCantosGarci

"The foreign press right now."

Cuando te dicen que han declarado la Independencia pero no la ves por ningún lado. #10oct

@_davidjimenez_ / Twitter / Via Twitter: @_davidjimenez_

"When they tell you they have declared independence but you don't see it anywhere."

They compared Catalonia's short-lived independence to a scene from the Simpsons.

@JocheDiaz / Twitter / Via Twitter: @JocheDiaz

"Catalonian independence."

And Puigdemont's address to a notable plot twist in recent history.

¡Independencia!... No, perdón, quería decir Moonlight #10Oct

@vicentecabeza / Twitter / Via Twitter: @vicentecabeza

"Independence! ... No, sorry, I meant to say Moonlight."

A lot of people thought Puigdemont was a giant troll.

@politocracia / Twitter / Via Twitter: @politocracia

From left: "Dialogue, Puigdemont, Unilateral declaration of independence."

Harry Potter ensayando el hechizo "Independencium Interruptus". #10Oct

@tortondo / Twitter / Via Twitter: @tortondo

"Harry Potter practicing the spell of 'Independence Interruptus.'"

Y con esto os doy mis buenas noches 😂#10Oct #Puigdemont

@rubeaguiler / Twitter / Via Twitter: @rubeaguiler

"And with this, I bid you good night."

@kristinajl / Twitter / Via Twitter: @kristinajl

"This is good."

And knew exactly what was going on between Barcelona — Catalonia's capital and largest city — and Madrid.

@ximicomics / Twitter / Via Twitter: @ximicomics
@estherdelcampo / Twitter / Via Twitter: @estherdelcampo

Others made sure to memorialize Catalonia's six seconds of independence.

@javmallo / Twitter / Via Twitter: @javmallo

Several tweets with two Reuters photos showing the same woman's reaction to the independence declaration and its subsequent suspension also went viral.

Photo #1: Catalonia has won right to independence. Photo #2: But let’s suspend declaration of Independence.…

@SharifMugh / Twitter / Via Twitter: @SharifMugh

And she quickly became an extremely relatable meme.

Cuando compras la independencia por Aliexpress vs Cuando te llega a casa #10Oct #Parlament #Puigdemont

@GenteQueLucha / Twitter / Via Twitter: @GenteQueLucha

"When you buy independence on Aliexpress vs. When you get home."

@ResiVil / Twitter / Via Twitter: @ResiVil

"And I shaved for this?"

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