Thousands turn up at court to support Catalan president


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BARCELONA, Spain — Thousands of people waving Catalan independence flags rallied Thursday in support of regional acting President Artur Mas as he arrived at a Barcelona court for questioning over staging a symbolic referendum on secession from Spain last year.

Some 400 pro-independence mayors and independence party leaders joined Mas and his government councilors as he walked parade-style to the court building, cheered on by the crowd of some 5,000.

Chants of “independence, independence” and “this court does not represent us” rang out as Mas stopped to salute the crowd at the building’s steps.

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