Catalonia to restart pro-independence campaign Monday

After large unity demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday

24 August, 19:00

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, AUGUST 24 - Catalan pro-independence parties will restart their campaign for a referendum on independence slated for October 1, reigniting their clash with the country's government in Madrid, which has called the referendum illegal.

    Sources from the independent bloc, which has an absolute majority in the Barcelona parliament, said the attacks won't change their October 1 goal.

    The campaign will remain stopped, however, until after a large anti-terrorism show of unity demonstration set to take place on Saturday afternoon, where leaders of all the main Spanish and Catalan political parties are expected, along with tens of thousands of people.

    The two sworn enemies in the "war" for Catalan independence are Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan President Carles Puigdemont.

    The two leaders hadn't spoken in months but met several times in recent days and have stayed in contact, mutually complimenting one another for the cooperation between the central government and that of Catalonia following the attacks.

    Since the day of the attacks, Puigedemont has avoided any mention of the clash with Madrid over the referendum.

    However, Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras confirmed that the "government" will move forward.

    On September 6 or 7, Barcelona's 'Parlament de Catalunya' will approve a law convening the referendum, which will trigger an immediate appeal by Rajoy to the Constitutional Court in Madrid, which will immediately block the attempt at a referendum.

    The Catalan government has said, however, that it will ignore any injunction by Madrid, in the name of the new "Catalan legality".(ANSAmed).

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