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Thousands protest in Barcelona

Thousands protest in Barcelona

<p>Thousands of people gathered in Barcelona as Catalonia prepared to declare independence with many dressed in white and calling for talks to defuse Spain’s worst political crisis for decades.</p> <p>The wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia, with its own language and culture, has long claimed to be distinct from the rest of the country and on Sunday held a referendum on leaving<br /> Spain, a vote the constitutional court had banned.</p> <p>The Catalan authorities say that a majority of those who voted supported a split from Spain, something Madrid says is illegal under the country’s 1978 constitution.</p>