The president of the regional parliament of Catalonia, Carme Forcadell (center), poses with mayors and politicians before court on 16 of December 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, Manu Fernandez AP Photo

Catalonia Wants to break away from Spain, as supporter rally in front a court house in support

A thousand supporters of Catalonia’s independence from Spain, including several mayors, demonstrated in Barcelona on Friday in support of the regional parliament’s president, Carme Forcadell, before her appearance in court for allegedly breaking the law with plans of having the region separate from the country.

“Pro-independence parties in Spain’s richest region, Catalonia, are pushing ahead with a historic plan for an independent state within 18 months, and the national government in Madrid is fighting back” says BBC News

The crowd, among which were representatives of regional politics, waved independence flags and chanted secessionist chants in a display of strength as they accompanied Forcadell from the parliament building to the headquarters of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.

Forcadell, one of the key figures in the Catalan independence process, is being investigated for allegedly violating the Spanish Constitution by allowing parliament to approve a resolution expressing its intention to move forward with secession.

“If the constitution says that Spain has to be united, then one part of the country can’t just break away,” says pensioner José Alarcón. “Otherwise, we’d be like Yugoslavia.” Nearby, housewife Nina Rodríguez is worried. “All my friends and I think that if there is independence, we’ll leave [Catalonia],” she says. “A lot of people are getting ready to pack their bags.”

The Catalan authorities pledged to hold a referendum on independence next year, but the central government in Madrid says it will not happen.

Surveys show that the 7.5 million inhabitants of Catalonia are divided in regards to their separation from Spain.

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