Catalonia staged its age old tradition of a human tower competition at the weekend – it is held every two years but this time the gathering took on a more political slant.
After Spain’s constitutional court issued an injunction preventing the Catalan government from holding an independence referendum local leaders used the colourful event to keep the momentum going for the vote.
According to Catalonia’s president the real problem of whether the region can hold the referendum is not whether the vote is legal it’s a question of political will. Artur Mas claims Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy mistakenly believes that most people don’t want to hold a vote.
However the day before the tower competition, roughly 800 Catalan mayors joined the region’s president in showing their support for the poll.
Frustrated by the Spanish government’s response, independence activists have been placing ballot boxes in cages in public places. Many still hope the November 9 vote will go ahead after a court appeal.
Reporting for euronews Francisco Fuentes said:
“The tussle between Spain’s government and the Catalan government is set to continue. President Artur Mas has managed to keep the political and social unity inside the bloc which backs a referendum but for how long?”