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Polls show backing for secession has risen steadily in Catalonia, with some registering support as high as 50 percent. An large majority of Catalans want the right to hold a referendum canada goose factory sale on the issue, the polls show.

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Catalan separatism has become a major headache for Prime Minister canada goose uk black friday Mariano Rajoy, who is mired in a corruption scandal and trying to pull Spain out of recession while also pushing through unpopular spending cuts.

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cheap Canada Goose we want to confirm that people still support independence. We want a date for a referendum, said Montse Espina, who will join the chain in the Catalan capital Barcelona later in the day. cheap Canada Goose

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Although Catalans have nurtured a separate identity for centuries, an independence movement surged recently as Catalans became disillusioned with limitations on the autonomy they gained in the late 1970s after the Francisco Franco dictatorship, which had suppressed buy canada goose jacket Catalan nationalism.

Walking through Barcelona at midday as they geared up for the protest, Espina and her husband carried the separatist banner: a white star on a blue triangle, against a background of the official Catalan regional flag of yellow and red canada goose clearance sale stripes.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap Thousands of Catalan National Assembly volunteers were organising canada goose store protesters, who drove in the rain to remote areas of the region to make sure the chain is unbroken. local time and thousands of police will direct traffic to alternative routes, away from the chain. buy canada goose jacket cheap

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will show that Canada Goose Jackets we reached a point of no return, Carme Forcadell, the head of the Catalan National Assembly, the body coordinating buy canada goose jacket cheap the human chain, told Reuters.

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are talking with the Spanish government but Canada Goose sale I have a lot of doubts over whether it will be fruitful, Mas told foreign journalists on Wednesday morning.

Rajoy also has limited room for manoeuvre as any offer to Catalonia of better fiscal treatment canada goose clearance or more political autonomy could spur protests in other Spanish autonomous regions, such as Basque Country.

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