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Catalan secessionists undeterred by Scottish 'No'


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Catalan secessionists undeterred by Scottish 'No'

Supporters of independence for Catalonia from Spain are resolutely defending plans for their referendum in November.

A Scottish “Yes” would have given them a boost but they are unlikely to let the defeat put them off, despite opposition from the government in Madrid.

The Catalan President Artur Mas says his people deserve the same right to determine their future.

“The Catalan way is based on democracy and on the right to vote. In Scotland, they’ve had a vote and as they’ve done so, I insist that’s the right way. And in this sense, the Catalan process is reinforced,” he said.

Spanish political leaders including centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have welcomed the Scottish result, saying the outcome underlines the value of unity for Spain.

Last week’s Catalonia Day brought a show of strength for independence, with polls suggesting 80 percent of people in the region of 7.5 million people want a say on secession.

But the Spanish government says even though the planned vote would be non-binding, it would violate the Spanish constitution and it has pledged to block it in the courts.

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