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Catalonia defies Madrid with push for independence vote

Pro-independence protestors shout slogans in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region's future. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Pro-independence protestors shout slogans in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking...more

Pro-independence protestors shout slogans in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region's future. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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A pro-independence protestor sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

A pro-independence protestor sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

A pro-independence protestor sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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A pro-independence protester sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region's future. REUTERS/Albert Gea

A pro-independence protester sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from...more

A pro-independence protester sits in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region's future. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Catalonia's President Artur Mas (C) receives applause after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona to send a petition for referendum to the national parliament, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Catalonia's President Artur Mas (C) receives applause after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona to send a petition for referendum to the national parliament, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia...more

Catalonia's President Artur Mas (C) receives applause after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona to send a petition for referendum to the national parliament, January 16, 2014. Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Catalonia's President Artur Mas (C) receives applause after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona to send a petition for referendum to the national parliament, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Catalonia's President Artur Mas (C) receives applause after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona to send a petition for referendum to the national parliament, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Catalonia's President Artur Mas (C) receives applause after a vote in the regional parliament in Barcelona to send a petition for referendum to the national parliament, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Pro-independence protestors shout slogans in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Pro-independence protestors shout slogans in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Pro-independence protestors shout slogans in front of Catalonia's regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside, in Barcelona, January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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