Arturo Mas: “everything is ready” for the Catalan referendum

President opens Diada. Poll, 52% are for indpendence

11 September, 17:31

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    (ANSAmed) - Madrid, September 11 - Diada, the feast-day commemorating Barcelona's fall into the hands of Borbonic troops, on the 14th of September 1714 after a 14-month siege during the War of the Spanish Succession of 1701-1714., was opened Thursday, in Barcelona by an address on the referendum independence-vote by Catalan president Atur Mas. "At this time, I will will speak of no scenario but the 9th of November" said Mas referring to the vote scheduled on the same date. "Everything is ready" he is said talking about the Catalan forthcoming vote.

    More than half of Catalans, or 52%, want independence from Spain and 80.5% are in favor of a referendum on sovereignty, according to a survey by the MyWord Observatory for Cadena Ser radio conducted on Wednesday, which is the Diada Nacional de Catalunya or National Catalonia Day.

    A 400-kilometer human chain called by the Catalan Parliament will stretch across the region from north to south this afternoon, demanding a referendum in 2014.

    The survey also showed 24% of Catalans would vote against secession, and 59.7% of respondents would be in favor of a referendum on independence even it were declared unconstitutional.

    Another 47.4% said they would still favor secession, even if Spain and Catalonia reached an agreement on taxation similar to that of Holland, or if Spain agreed to improve its regional financing. (ANSAmed).

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