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Catalan mayors back holding independence vote

Catalan mayors back holding independence vote

Catalonia is expected to hold an independence referendum on October 1, despite the plebiscite being declared illegal by the Spanish federal government.

Hundreds of regional mayors face arrest if they do not comply with prosecutors' orders to come in for questioning for helping to prepare the vote. The central government wants to know if they will help the regional government by allocating municipal spaces to the voting process.

If mayors and their municipalities can not help organize the balloting, the independence vote is unlikely to proceed.

"We will not be intimidated".

Organisers said 35,000 people rallied in the northern city of Bilbao - a symbolic protest in a region still marked by decades of violence once waged by armed separatist group ETA, and where the desire for independence remains strong.

Some of the mayors gathered with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont outside the headquarters of the regional government, the Generalitat Palace, as supporters waved the lone-star flag of the independence movement, the report said.

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Polls in July showed that 70 percent of Catalans want the chance to vote on their independence.

She pointed to the Edinburgh Agreement, signed in the build-up to the Scottish independence referendum, as to how governments can work together in such circumstances.

In response, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, said, "I say this both calmly and firmly: there will be no referendum, it won't happen".

Spanish police on Saturday seized printing materials meant to support and promote the referendum near Barcelona. Catalonia's top court has also warned seven newspapers against publishing campaign material.

All of this is just adding to the determination among Catalonians to see a referendum take place, and the central government's hostility is likely pushing more people into the leave camp all the time.


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