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Catalan Protest Chief Offers Mas Way Out of Vote Standoff

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A pro-independence group that led hundreds of thousands of protesters in Barcelona last month, will endorse using regional elections as a de facto referendum on independence if the Spanish courts block a vote planned for Nov. 9, chairman Carme Forcadell said.

The Catalan National Assembly, which has more than 40,000 paying members, and would like to see pro-independence parties stand on a joint, single-issue ticket so the result would send the clearest possible signal about the will of the Catalan people, Forcadell, 58, said in an interview in Barcelona yesterday.