BARCELONA, Spain – A thousand Catalan town mayors and pro-independence supporters have gathered in Barcelona to support regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell as she appears for questioning for allegedly disobeying rulings regarding Catalonia's plans to secede from Spain.
The crowd, including regional political figures, waved pro-independence flags and chanted secession slogans in a show of force as they accompanied Forcadell from the local parliament to a regional court Friday.
A leading figure in the independence movement, Forcadell is under investigation for allegedly disobeying Spain's Constitutional Court by allowing the parliament to approve a resolution expressing its intent to press ahead with secession.
Catalan authorities promise to bring about independence next year but Spain says it will not happen.
Polls show Catalonia's 7.5 million residents are equally divided on breaking from Spain.