BBC News – Voices: Independence for Catalonia from Spain

People in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia head to the polls in an early election on 25 November.

Regional leader Artur Mas has promised that if re-elected, he will organise a referendum on whether Catalonia should break with Spain and become an independent state.

The central government in Madrid insists a Catalan referendum would not be in line with the Spanish constitution introduced in 1978 after the death of the authoritarian ruler, General Francisco Franco. These Catalans gave their views to BBC News.

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