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    Catalonia referendum campaigning enters final day

    Thousands of campaigners for Catalan independence are making their final push for support today ahead of a referendum on Sunday which is fiercely opposed by Spain's central government, CNN reports.
    According to CNN, a closing rally is due to take place on Friday evening in the Montjuic area of Barcelona, the regional capital of Catalonia, a wealthy region in Spain's northeast.

    Catalonia's separatist government is adamant it will go ahead with the referendum despite the country's highest court barring it on the grounds that it violates the country's constitution.
    Spain's central government says the referendum is illegal, must not go ahead and that the result will not be recognized. Large numbers of Guardia Civil police officers have been deployed to the region to try to prevent the vote taking place.

    Mass protests have been held in Barcelona and other towns in recent weeks in support of the independence movement.
    A stream of tractors adorned with Catalan flags and pro-independence posters drove through the streets of Barcelona on Friday, as agricultural workers became the latest to turn out in support of the plebiscite.

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