Spanish prosecutors to sue Catalan president over referendum

A picture taken on November 9, 2014 shows the president of Catalonia's regional government, Artur Mas (C), showing his ballot before casting it to vote in BarcelonaSpanish prosecutors said Wednesday they will sue Catalan president Artur Mas after he went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction. “The public prosecutor’s office will take the appropriate legal actions in the High Court of Justice of Catalonia,” the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The Catalan government says 2.3 million people took part in the vote on November 9 which Mas held following a legal block by the central government against his plans to hold an official, non-binding referendum on the issue that day. It has triggered the biggest clash between Catalonia and the central government since Spain returned to democracy following the death of longtime dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.

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