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Catalan vote tests region's sense of independence


Catalan towns and villages are holding an unofficial referendum to test support for breaking away from Spain entirely.

In 2006 the region passed a law defining Catalonia as a nation and creating more autonomy, but that referendum result is still being contested in Spain's Constitutional Court.

So now more than 150 Catalan towns and villages have decided to organise a new, unofficial ballot.

Sarah Rainsford reports from Vic in Catalonia.

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