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Spain's Catalonia region pushes for independence despite Scotland referendum result

Posted at 10:44 PM, Sep 19, 2014

Hours after Scotland rejected a bid to gain independence from the U.K. on Friday, Spain's Catalonia region took a big step toward holding an independence referendum of its own.

Catalonia's regional parliament has authorized a "consultation" vote on independence for the region, with a presumptive Nov. 9 date. The Spanish government, meanwhile, has condemned the possible vote as illegal.

Nearly two million people lined the streets of Barcelona a week earlier in support of independence. Spain's painful financial crisis has swelled the ranks of Catalans pushing for independence.

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