People hold Catalan separatist flags during a protest in central Barcelona - 11 September 2014. Catalan independence: November referendum 'called off' The Catalan regional government has called off plans to push ahead with a contested independence referendum, Spanish media says. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans have protested on the streets in recent weeks, demanding their own vote. #Catalan #Catalonia #Spain #Spanish #independence #referendum #politics #EU
Catalan leader signs decree for independence referendum - telegraph.co.uk, 27 Sep 2014. Catalan leader Artur Mas signed the decree to call the referendum in a solemn ceremony in the regional government headquarters in Barcelona, flanked by most of the region's political leaders, who support the vote. "Like all the nations of the world, Catalonia has the right to decide its political future," said Mr Mas. "We want to vote and we want to decide and now we have to means to do so."
Spanish PM and Catalonia leader hold talks over referendum plan - theguardian.com, Ashifa Kassam, 30 July 2014. "With just over three months left until Catalonia's referendum, the meeting was widely seen as a last-ditch opportunity for the political adversaries to find common ground and ward off a potential crisis between Madrid and Barcelona. Mas said the pair addressed a wide range of issues, including the region's economy and infrastructure, but failed to reach any kind of consensus."
Catalan Separatists Say Debt Investors Can Help Campaign - Bloomberg.com, Ben Sills and Esteban Duarte, Jul 22, 2014. "With a majority of Catalans demanding a chance to vote on their constitutional future, the Spanish government needs to find a way of addressing their concerns or risk a political backlash that could rattle markets, said Oriol Junqueras, leader of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, the separatist party that won the regional vote in May’s European election."