Cat­alo­nia president opens in­de­pen­dence cam­paign

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD -

Po­lit­i­cal ten­sion in Spain mounted Thurs­day as Cat­alo­nia’s president opened the “yes” cam­paign for a re­gional in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum that has been sus­pended by the courts.

Cata­lan President Car­les Puigde­mont and other sup­port­ers of se­ces­sion gath­ered at an arena in Tar­rag­ona to ad­dress thou­sands of peo­ple at the kick­off for the two-week cam­paign.

“Some­body thinks that we won’t vote on Oct. 1? What kind of peo­ple do they think we Cata­lans are?” Puigde­mont asked the crowd. “In Cat­alo­nia, we are democrats.”

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