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Catalan separatists defy Spain in pursuit of ‘utopia’

Pro-independence parties prepare for mass acts of civil disobedience against the Spanish state.

Mayor of Berga Montse Venturos (R) raises her fist as she leaves the courthouse in Berga on November 4, 2016. The mayor of the small Catalan town of Berga became today the first arrested for disobeying political independence of justice in the process of secession began in this region of northeastern Spain. / AFP / PAU BARRENA (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

BERGA, Spain — A large Catalan independence flag hangs from the city hall of Berga, a town of 16,000 inhabitants in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Known as the Estelada, the red-and-yellow…

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