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Published on : Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Catalonia’s national day – La Diada de Catalunya, for the sixth successive year was used as a political rally by the pro-independence movement. According to the organisers, 450,000 people had registered for the event, which later was tweeted to be up to 1 million by Barcelona police.
The Spanish government has vowed to stop the referendum going ahead on 1 October, but the Catalan regional government is refusing to back down and polls suggest a clear majority of people in the wealthy north-eastern region want to be allowed to vote.
According to a poll at the end of July, 49.4% of Catalans are against independence, while 41.1% support it. However, a poll last week found that were the referendum to go ahead, the yes campaign would take 72% of the vote on a turnout of 50%.