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If the popular consensus for independence is roughly tied in Catalonia, the ground may be shifting thanks in part to the tactics of the Spanish government. In its efforts to squash a planned October 1st referendum on the question of independence, the Spanish government has actually defied 70% of the people who, regardless of the way they would vote, believe such a vote should take place.

The heart of the issue is twofold: Catalonia has its own language and culture which is not Spanish and the wealthy region believes it pays far more in taxes to Madrid than it receives in

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