Catalan leader treads legal tightrope for independence

A boy wearing Lionel Messi's jersey sits on the shoulders of a relative as Catalans holding independentist flags (Estelada) gather on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes during celebrations of Catalonia National Day (Diada) in Barcelona on Sept 11, 2014Madrid (AFP) – Catalonia’s leader Artur Mas is walking a legal tightrope as street protesters and political allies urge him to defy the courts by holding a vote on independence from Spain.

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