” Exclusive: Catalan leader says independence vote must go ahead”

Article published: REUTERS – June 4th.

Catalan President Artur Mas said on Wednesday his people have the right to decide on breaking away from Spain and he is forging ahead with plans for a Nov. 9 vote on independence that the central government vows to block on constitutional grounds.

Mas, leader of the northeastern Spanish region of 7 million people, told Reuters in an interview he is seeking a legal formula for a non-binding vote although Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said any format is illegal.

The 58-year-old Catalan leader, president since 2010, said there is nothing that Rajoy is likely to offer him that will damp down the surging independence movement and persuade him to call off the vote, which he calls a “popular consultation”.

The rest of the article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/04/us-spain-catalonia-idUSKBN0EF1SU20140604

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