Cel­e­bra­tion fo­cuses on se­ces­sion vote

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - World - AP

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple packed the sunny streets of down­town Barcelona on Mon­day to cel­e­brate Cat­alo­nia’s na­tional day, an an­niver­sary that pro­vided a stage for the many Cata­lans who hope to vote within weeks for the re­gion’s in­de­pen­dence from Spain. Spain’s con­sti­tu­tional court has suspended the in­de­pen­dence vote planned for Oct. 1, but Cata­lan lead­ers say it will go ahead.

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