People line up at a cashpoint of Sabadell bank branch to withdraw money as part of an action to protest the transfer of the bank's headquarters out of Barcelona, Spain, October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Catalan separatists were flocking to withdraw cash Friday in protest at the central government and at banks that have moved their headquarters out of the Spanish region over its independence crisis.Two influential grassroots separatist groups, the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural, had issued a call on social media for activists to take "peaceful direct action" to show their opposition to the government of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.The Catalan government says it has a mandate to declare independence following what it says was a 90 percent "yes" vote, but it gave turnout of only 43 percent as many pro-unity supporters stayed away.
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