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Spain's Catalonia region in symbolic independence vote

Advocates of independence for the proud, economically powerful region of Catalonia asked residents on Sunday to cast symbolic votes in favour of breaking away from Spain.

Many in the ancient winemaking land have long complained that they contribute far more to the Spanish national budget than they receive in public services.

Sarah Rainsford reports


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