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Catalan Separatist Leader Ready to Go to Jail for the Cause

  • Puigdemont’s staff interrogated as he plans illegal referendum
  • Regional president urges Rajoy not to threaten his officials
Carles Puigdemont.

Carles Puigdemont.

Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
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Catalan Regional President Carles Puigdemont said he’s ready to go to prison rather than give up his push for independence and urged Spanish authorities to focus their legal attacks on him rather than his staff.

Puigdemont is planning to hold a referendum on independence on Oct. 1 in defiance of Spain’s constitutional court. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday vowed to ensure the Catalans respect the judges’ ruling.