People attend a demonstration for the renaming of the region "Occitanie" to "Pays Catalan" in Perpignan on November 5, 2016. / AFP / RAYMOND ROIG
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Thousands of Catalan separatists gathered in Barcelona Sunday to protest a series of legal challenges made by Spain's government against pro-independence Catalan politicians.In 2014, then-president Mas ignored an order by Spain's Constitutional Court to suspend a mock referendum on Catalan secession.Nearly 90 percent of the ballots were in favor of independence, but only 2 million of the 5.4 million eligible voters cast ballots.Catalonia's current regional president, Carles Puigdemont, plans to call another referendum on independence by September.
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