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Is Spain’s Catalonia Region About to Have a ‘Declaration of Independence’ Moment?

The region, home to the Spanish city of Barcelona, voted “Yes” on the question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?”

Catalonia

On Sunday, October 1, the Spanish region of Catalonia overwhelmingly voted “Yes” on a referendum that asked: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?

The vote, according to results published on the website for the Government of Catalonia, were 90 percent in favor and eight percent against, among over 2.2 million votes cast.

According to The Guardian, many Catalonians want independence because “supporters feel their rich region of 7.5 million people has long put more into Spain than it has received in return,” and “Spain has endured a painful and protracted economic crisis.”

Catalonia is in the northeast part of Spain, and is home to Barcelona, one of Spain’s largest and most historic cities.

Now, Reuters is reporting, the Catalonian parliament may vote to declare independence early next week:

Pro-independence parties which control the regional parliament have asked for a debate and vote on Monday on declaring independence, the source said. A declaration should follow this vote, although it is unclear when.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont earlier told the BBC that his government would ask the region’s parliament to declare independence after tallying votes from last weekend’s referendum, which Madrid says was illegal.

Unfortunately, the vote has been marred by clashes, sometimes violent, between police and voters. NTK Network reported on those developments this week.