BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Protesters rallying against a referendum on Catalonia declaring independence from Spain have scaled windows of Barcelona's town hall and attempted to tear down a banner calling for "more democracy."
The sign, written in Catalan, had been placed there by the municipal government amid Spain's intensifying crackdown to prevent the vote.
Regional separatist officials in Catalonia want to go ahead with Sunday's referendum disregarding a Constitutional Court suspension. Spanish central authorities consider the vote illegal.
The demonstrators on Saturday evening who favor staying united with Spain tore the banner in front of cheering crowds. Other protesters also burnt an "estelada," the unofficial Catalan flag that has become a symbol for independence supporters.