NEW YORK TIMES. Spanish Prisoners 2oct2012
By RICARD GONZÁLEZ and JAUME CLOTET
Published: October 2, 2012
ON Sept. 11, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of
Barcelona calling for Catalonia’s independence from Spain. Artur
Mas, the Catalan prime minister, reacted by dissolving the regional
Parliament and calling for elections on Nov. 25, which will likely
strengthen his party’s position. Catalonia’s Parliament, which
represents an autonomous region the size of Belgium in Spain’s
northeast corner, has overwhelmingly supported holding a
referendum on independence despite the Spanish Constitution’s ban
on secession. So in addition to its economic woes, Spain now faces a
deep constitutional crisis.
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