Despite heavy rain thousands of Catalans pushed home their call for independence just one day after Spain’s Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended a November 9 referendum.
Banners filled Barcelona’s St Jaume Square with slogans calling for the right to vote.
Carme Forcadell is leader of the Catalan independence group known as Assamblea Nacional Catalana ( ANC):
”We are very happy because even though it is raining cats and dogs and people do not want to leave, they want to express their will to vote on November 9 and their demand for democracy, they do not understand why the Spanish state is limiting and stopping us from our expressing opinion and using our right to vote”.
Officially Catalonia’s regional government has stopped its referendum campaign for fear of prosecution but it still intends to launch an appeal.
Spain’s central government argues the vote would be unconstitutional and breach the country’s rule of law because it would be held in Catalonia alone rather than the whole of Spain. It is an argument which has fallen on secessionist deaf ears.