Published On: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019

Spain protests: Why are people protesting in Catalonia and Barcelona? Latest news | World | News

Catalonia has endeavoured for 40 years to become independent from Spain, but it had its autonomy suspended for around seven months in 2017 by Madrid after a failed independence bid.

Nationalists in the country have said the region sends too much money for poorer parts of Spain, as a result of taxes being governed by Madrid.

The region has also said changes to Spain’s autonomous status in 2010 undermined Catalan’s identity.

A referendum vote held on October 1, 2017, which was declared illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court, revealed 90 percent of Catalan’s voters backed independence – however, the turnout as only 43 percent.

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