Catalonia holds 'historic' election on independence

Leaders of Catalan, Spain's richest region, say the regional election will serve as an indirect vote on breaking away from SpainCatalans vote Sunday in an election dubbed the most important in Spain’s recent history, with polls pointing to a win by separatists who vow to declare the region independent. With the Spanish government refusing a referendum in its drive to keep the country united, leaders of Spain’s richest region say Sunday’s regional election will serve as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. Red- and yellow-striped Catalan flags hang from buildings across the northeastern region of 7.5 million people, where separatist feeling has surged in the recent years of economic crisis in the eurozone’s fourth biggest economy.

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