Spain’s Catalan president in court over independence referendum


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BARCELONA, Spain – Thousands of supporters crowded around the president of Spain’s Catalonia region, Artur Mas, as he appeared in court for questioning about an independence referendum last year that Madrid deemed as illegal.

Some 400 Catalan mayors and officials, as well as around 2,500 other supporters, stood with Mas outside the Barcelona court on Thursday, cheering for independence for the autonomous region.

Mas has been accused by Madrid of grave disobedience, for organizing last year’s November 9 referendum asking people if they wanted independence from Spain.

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