Catalonia, Elated But Frightened, Braces For Independence Vote

Under the surface, however, there was the sense of an approaching collision – a collision that was days away, and then hours.
“Nationalism is a kind of racism,” Mr. Zafra said, wondering aloud if ethnic violence would follow.
“They have created a monster of illusion and excitement,” said Mr. Zafra, a retired janitor who has lived in Catalonia since 1974.
She asked her grandson, who was elated about the vote, what he would do if the government sent tanks.
Advertisement Continue reading the main story“Look, we have lived through a war,” Ms. Sabaté said, her voice shaking.

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