700 Cata­lan may­ors sup­port hold­ing in­de­pen­dence vote

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BARCELONA, Spain — 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 are not 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.

Span­ish po­lice on Satur­day seized print­ing ma­te­ri­als in­tended to sup­port and pro­mote the ref­er­en­dum near Barcelona. The op­er­a­tion fol­lowed a raid Fri­day where up to 100,000 posters were seized.

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