Spain puts pres­sure on Cata­lan may­ors

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More than 700 Cata­lan may­ors who face ar­rest over their sup­port ffor an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum banned by the Span­ish govern­ment protested in Barcelona yes­ter­day to shouts of “we will vote”. Bran­dish­ing their maces, the may­ors sang Els Se­gadors, the hymn of the north-east­ern re­gion, whose ex­ec­u­tive is pre­par­ing to hold an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum on Oc­to­ber 1 in de­fi­ance of or­ders from Madrid. More than two thirds of Cat­alo­nia’s 948 may­ors have pledged to open mu­nic­i­pal premises for the vote, prompt­ing Spain’s pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor to or­der a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and threaten them with ar­rest.

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