Some 40,000 people turned up outside a Barcelona court on 02 February, as the former Conservative president of the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, Artur Mas, went on trial for staging an informal independence referendum.
In Catalonia, home to a strong nationalist movement, pro-independence campaigners held a vote in November 2014 on whether to break away from Spain, encouraged by Mas, the then regional governor.
Catalans have been sermoned ad nauseam by Madrid that their situation is diff...
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