Thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

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Madrid (AFP) – Several thousand demonstrators including Pep Guardiola, the revered former manager of the city’s football club, rallied in Barcelona Sunday to support the Catalonia independence referendum called for October 1.

Carles Puigdemont, leader of the regional government, defied Madrid on Friday by setting a date for the vote even though it has been ruled illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court.

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