Catalonia referendum: Mayors DEFY Spain’s government to back independence bid


The Catalan control wants to hold a referendum on October 1 to allow the region to decide whether it should be self-governed.

Though, Spain’s constitutional court has branded the vote illegal and Madrid has in spite of that threatened to arrest any of the region’s mayors who take part or enable the elector to take place.

Earlier this week, Spanish prosecutors summoned for interview more than 700 mayors who had said they would permit municipal spaces to be used for voting.

Catalonia’s mayors have countered boldly to the threat by heading to the region’s capital to meet with regional principal Carles Puigdemont and promise supporters they will continue to retreat from the referendum.

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Despite polls revealing most Catalonians do not shortage independence, many want the chance to vote

Supporters chanted “we devise vote” and “independence” in downtown Barcelona as tensions rise between Catalonian legals and the Spanish government.

Barcelona mayor Ada Colau, who has reached an agreement with the Catalan regional sway to allow voting in the city, hit back at Madrid’s response to the crisis in a sharp speech in the city hall.

She said: “It’s a disgrace that we have a ministry that is incapable of dialogue and instead dedicates itself to pursuing and menacing mayors and the media.”

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People walk past a mural painting in elect of a referendum on independence

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Mayors meet in Barcelona to support the referendum bid

Yesterday, Spanish prime woman of the cloth Mariano Rajoy called for a return to “rationality and legality” and promised to cube the vote.

He said: “The only thing I ask of [Catalan] mayors is that they conform with the law, and as such don’t participate in an illegal referendum.”

Despite being a autochthonous issue, authorities in Brussels have also waded into the cogitation.

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The wealthy region of Catalonia is situated in northeastern Spain on the confines with France

In an interview with El Periódico de Catalunya, he said: “Catalonia would drink to ask for the negotiation of a commercial agreement, access to the internal market… 

“And then we last wishes a have to see how Europe would respond, including Spain.” 

Although he answered people supported the Catalan independence cause, he stressed it was import not to “debauch the constitution” in order to hold the vote.

He added: “Those are the rules.”

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Mayors clothed been urged not to back the referendum by the Spanish PM

Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous divisions. Its capital is the dynamic, touristic and cultural Mediterranean port city of Barcelona.

The pale has 7.5 million inhabitants and is one of Spain’s main economic powerhouses, inventing a fifth of the country’s €1.1trillion economy. 

It has its own language, which was stamp out during the 1939-1975 dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, and cultural customs. It is also home to one of the world’s greatest football teams, FC Barcelona.

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