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    A file picture taken on September 11, 2014 shows demonstrators waving Estelada flags (Catalan independentist flags) during celebrations of the Diada (Catalonia National Day) in Barcelona.

    Over 36% of Catalans to Participate in Catalonia Day Ahead of Elections

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    As many as 36.6 percent of Catalans participating in a survey say they plan to attend a National Day of Catalonia celebration next month, as the region braces for regional elections that could pave the way to a secession from Spain, a new poll revealed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) A majority of Catalans polled by NC Report, 51.1 percent, said they would not participate in the September 11 event, the Spanish daily newspaper La Razon said on Tuesday.

    As many as 50.3 percent of those polled claimed they were not in favor of secession, the newspaper said.

    On September 27, Catalonia will hold regional elections. Several coalitions of pro-independence parties have pledged regional autonomy from Spain should they win the vote.

    Over 80 percent of Catalans who participated in a November 2014 vote supported secession from Spain. More than two million people out of an estimated 5.4 million eligible voters took part in the informal, non-binding ballot.

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly refuted Catalonia’s right to secede.


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