Catalan leader seeks 'freedom' in snap election
Published on Nov 24, 2012 5:30 PM
BARCELONA (AFP) - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region has rallied cheering crowds to fight for "freedom" in snap elections on Sunday that he has recast as a vote for nationhood.
Mr Artur Mas, president of the north-eastern region, is openly defying a furious Madrid by promising a referendum on sovereignty for Catalonia if Sunday's vote gives him a mandate.
"We are not vassals of the state," he told thousands of people chanting "independence" in a Barcelona stadium, wrapping up a bitterly fought campaign before a day of pre-vote reflection on Saturday.
Mr Mas urged supporters to be "builders of freedom".
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