File - Pro-independence Catalans, members of Omnium Cultural and National Assembly of Catalonia -ACN- demonstrate in support of the independence referendum planned for November 9 at Catalunya square in Barcelona, October 19, 2014. (AFP/LLUIS GENE)
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Catalonia's leader vowed Wednesday that a symbolic independence vote banned by the Spanish government would go ahead Nov. 9, setting up a constitutional conflict unprecedented in post-Franco Spain.Sunday's vote, which Mas insisted is not a "referendum," will be organized by volunteers without an official electoral roll, but holding it in defiance of the court's veto would put Mas on delicate ground.Mas had watered down plans for an official referendum-style ballot after earlier legal challenges from the conservative government.In 2010 the Constitutional Court overruled that nationhood claim, fueling pro-independence feeling.
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