On October 1, 2017, Catalonia is set to vote in a referendum on independence from Spain. The Spanish government is opposed to the move and some Catalans are against breaking away from Spain as well.
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.
Exiled leader Carles Puigdemont called on Catalonia to refuse "submission" to Madrid. The central government has called regional elections after charging Catalan leaders with "rebellion."
The Spanish high court nullified an international arrest warrant for the Catalan leader and four former ministers in exile in Belgium. The court said that the politicians had shown their "intention to return to Spain."
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