Catalan mayors support holding independence vote

Catalan mayors support holding independence vote

Catalan mayors support holding independence vote

Puigdemont and Barcelona's mayor Ada Colau have written to Rajoy and Spain's King Felipe, complaining of "an unprecedented repression offensive" but calling for political dialogue.

Spain considers the vote illegal, as does its Constitutional Court.

On Wednesday, Spanish prosecutors summoned for questioning more than 700 mayors who had said they would allow municipal spaces to be used for voting.

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is bringing the full weight of the state to bear to prevent Catalonia's independence referendum. On Friday, Catalonia's highest court also issued a warning to seven local newspapers not to print any notices for the independence referendum.

Police in recent days have conduced raids seizing printing materials, ballots and other materials to support the referendum.

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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The European Union is more concerned about its own economic well-being, which could be harmed by Catalonia's secession from Spain, than about recognizing a newly-independent country on Europe's map, Enric Folch, worldwide secretary of the Catalan Solidarity Party, told Sputnik.

However, not all the localities have thrown their support behind the referendum, including Barcelona.

The march comes just two weeks before Catalonia's separatist executive is slated to hold a referendum on Oct 1 despite a ban by Madrid. "Of course, we would respect them", he said, adding that even though Catalonia might not immediately become an European Union member state, in the end, the people and companies would change nothing but their nationality.

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"The majority of the members of the Catalan parliament are in favor of independence". "We keep offering the Spanish state to be involved and to participate in this democratic exercise, but it's up to them".

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