> But he still stand firm against any new secession attempt by the wealthy region, which has its own police force and autonomy in some areas.
Catalonia voted to break away, but turnout was low. Spain's new socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez has taken a softer approach than the last one.>>
The vast crowds don't mean universal backing for splitting from Spain though, divisions within the region too are stark. A recent poll showed nearly 47% of Catalans in favor, and nearly 45% against.>>