Cata­lan may­ors de­fi­ant

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS -

BARCELONA — More than 700 may­ors from Cat­alo­nia met Saturday in Barcelona in a show of strength amid pres­sure from Spain’s cen­tral govern­ment not to hold an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum for the north­east­ern re­gion.

Po­lit­i­cal ten­sions in Spain are in­creas­ing as the pro­posed vot­ing date of Oct. 1 nears.

The Cata­lan govern­ment has been scram­bling to push for­ward the vote, de­spite the cen­tral govern­ment’s warn­ings that lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties aren’t al­lowed to use pub­lic build­ings for it and may­ors can be legally pros­e­cuted for it.

Hun­dreds of may­ors stood Saturday next to re­gional Pres­i­dent Car­les Puigde­mont and Barcelona Mayor Ada Co­lau in Barcelona, the cap­i­tal and main city in the re­gion.

“We will not be in­tim­i­dated. This is not about in­de­pen­dence, it’s about our rights,” said Co­lau.

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