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Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont has said Catalonia "gained the right" to an independent state after holding an independence referendum banned by Spain. Police used force to try to stop the vote on Sunday. (01.10.2017)
About 45,000 people marched past the European Union headquarters in support of Catalonia's independence. The protesters chanted "Wake up, Europe!" and waved Catalonia's red, yellow and blue Estelada separatist flag.
Two prominant Catalan lawmakers and two pro-independence activists have been refused bail by Spain's Supreme Court. Six other separatists were released on bail and intend to run in this month's regional elections.
Campaigning has begun in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia ahead of a regional election on December 21st. It follows the turmoil of October, when the Catalan government declared independence. After Madrid deposed the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, he went into exile in Belgium. But the Spanish judiciary has now lifted an international arrest order against him. Guy Hedgecoe reports.
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