30 Sep '17, 11am

"What we once thought was only a dream is within reach" - Separatists press ahead with #CatalanReferendum

"What we once thought was only a dream is within reach" - Separatists press ahead with #CatalanReferendum

Catalan separatists showed determination Saturday to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. With less than 24 hours left until the highly-anticipated vote, tensions were running high in this wealthy northeastern region where Catalan leaders have taken a stand against the central government in Madrid. The standoff has morphed into one of the biggest crises to hit Spain since democracy was restored after the death of dictator Franco in 1975. "In these hugely intense and hugely emotional moments, we sense that what we once thought was only a dream is within reach," Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont told a crowd of cheering supporters on Friday evening, as he wrapped up his campaign. Over in the town of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, though, a different scene pla...

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