Catalonia President Calls November 9 Referendum on Independence From Spain

A long-standing pro-independence movement in Spain's northeastern region has gathered momentum during recent years of economic hardship.

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People wave 'estelada' flags during a demonstration calling for the independence of Catalonia outside of the Parliament of Barcelona, Spain, September 19, 2014.
People wave 'estelada' flags during a demonstration calling for the independence of Catalonia outside of the Parliament of Barcelona, Spain, September 19, 2014.Credit: AP
Paul Day

REUTERS - The president of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, signed a decree on Saturday calling an independence referendum on November 9, a vote the central government has said would violate the constitution and has promised to block.

A long-standing pro-independence movement in the northeastern region has gathered momentum during recent years of economic hardship.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called an special cabinet meeting on Monday to formalize his government's legal challenge to the vote in the constitutional court.

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