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In Spain, the region of Catalonia has been breeding a strain of separatism which is looking to become independent of the larger nation. And it now looks like they may get a vote to do just that.
It was announced on Friday, that Catalonia will be holding an independence referendum on October 1 in defiance of Madrid which is firmly against the idea, reports Yahoo.
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia, said the question would be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic.”
The region is very much a separate culture already, with a citizenry of about 7.5 million who speak a different language (Catalan) have longed for autonomy. The separatist leaders, for years, have continually tried to win approval from Spain’s central government to hold an independence vote, such as the one in held in Scotland in 2014. The Catalans, however, have been shutdown each time with those opposed arguing that it violates the Spain’s Constitution, and unity, reports Yahoo.
Catalans are divided on the issue, with 48.5 percent against independence and 44.3 percent in favour according to the latest poll by the regional government, close to three-quarters support holding a referendum, reports Yahoo.
Yahoo explained that the region did have a non-binding vote under then president Artur Mas, which yielded a vote of about 80% supporting independence, though only 2.3 million out of 6.3 million eligible voters took part.
Because the vote was against Spain’s Constitutional Court, Mas was placed on trial and banned from holding office for two years, said Yahoo.
Puigdemont, appears to be unscathed by the prior actions taken against his predecessor Mas, even though Spain’s federal government has promised to be just as harsh on the next vote.