Tractors roll out in support of banned referendum in Spain
Sept 29, Barcelona: Tractors waving the lone-star flag of Catalan independence rolled out in columns in regions in support of Sunday's banned referendum.
Supporters cheered as a column of vehicles, dubbed a Tractorada, rolled into the capital, Barcelona, streaming past the famous Sagrada Familia church.
Catalan leaders have finally revealed the ballot boxes they plan to use.The Spanish government has again pledged to stop the referendum, which it says is unconstitutional.
The wealthy region of 7.5 million people in north-eastern Spain has its own language and culture, and a high degree of autonomy, but it is not recognised as a separate nation by the Spanish state."We are asking for tractors to be parked peacefully near polling stations and, if they try to close them, impede them or make it as difficult as possible," a member of one farmers' group, Gerard Batalla, told AFP news agency earlier this week."Simply leave them there, without going further."
A website - escolesobertes.eu ("open schools") - has been set up so people can track which schools are open.
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