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Catalan leader calls for referendum as secessionists prepare protests

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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalan leader Quim Torra renewed calls for Madrid to accept a referendum on independence in an interview published on Sunday, two days before separatists take to the streets in the first of a series of major protests.

Following an easing of tensions between the secessionist Catalan government and Madrid in recent months, Torra last week rejected anything other than a full independence referendum.

“If the Spanish government doesn’t see this as a negotiable position then we will press ahead because we have a democratic mandate,” Torra said in an interview published on Sunday in Catalan newspaper El Periodico.

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