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Catalan festival focuses on right to secede

AP, BARCELONA, Spain

Castillo Cancho, 69 and retired, did not go to the city center to join in the traditional march.

He said that what was once a day to celebrate Catalan culture has been usurped by the separatist cause.

Cancho is not in favor of independence and embraces his dual identity of Spanish and Catalan, but even so, he hopes that the Oct. 1 vote is held.

“If they don’t let them vote, I will be annoyed, and I would almost be pushed to go vote if I could,” he said. “Repression makes you rebel.”

His wife, Rosa Maria Descalzo, 60, was wary of the vote because of the lack of legal guarantees such as an official voter roll.

“I am not convinced by the reasons they are giving for independence,” she said. “When everyone is opening frontiers, why should we be closing them?”

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