Madrid’s mayor Manuela Carmena wants to rename about 30 of the city’s streets and plazas. The old names commemorate former dictator Francisco Franco, and that offends many residents.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has asked the Senate for the power to sack the Catalan government. Thousands protested in response and Catalan leader Puigedemont compared the move to the Franco dictatorship.
Dolors Sabater Puig, mayor of the Catalan town of Badalona, was prepared to go to jail so people could vote in the region's contested independence referendum. She told DW where Catalans' fiery feelings come from.
Around 200,000 people rallied in Barcelona calling for two pro-independence leaders to be released from jail. A court in Madrid said they implemented a "complex strategy" to push Catalonia towards independence.
The crash course set by the governments of Spain and Catalonia over an independence vote seems unavoidable now. Meanwhile, an unexpected pro-referendum movement has blossomed in Madrid, Santiago Saez reports.
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