>> It's been a year since this, police storming polling stations, fighting with protesters, fiery on both sides as Catalonia held a bond referendum on independence propelling Spain into its worst political crisis since the end of General Franco's dictatorship in the 70s. Madrid cracked down on a vote it deemed unconstitutional, but the story's still not over.
was there last October.>> Reliving it is very difficult. It's recorded there, and in our memories. It happened here, in this square.>> A year on, the organizers of the referendum are in jail, or self-imposed exile, but Reuters Madrid Bureau Chief says the Catalan crisis could flare again.
>> The support for independence has not moved away. Around 50%, a little bit less of the population in Catalonia is still in favor of becoming independent from Spain and hundreds of thousands routinely demonstrate in Catalonia in favor of independence, or in favor of a referendum.>> Carles Puigdemont, then the Catalan leader, declared independence after a narrow yes vote.
>> Puigdemont fled into exile in Belgium. Now, signs of a political shift. Catalonia has a new leader and so does Spain.>> Well, a new prime minister has been voted in in Spain. In early June, Pedro Sanchez, a socialist, for the first time in many months he has actually met the new
Regional Head Julien Toyer in July negotiations are on the way and things are going well so far. However, many observers believe that if the dialogue with Catalonia on one hand and the negotiation on the budget did not go well that Catalans could overall remove their support for the government.
And potentially trigger a snap election that could happen early next year.>> Coming up with the trials of nine separatist leaders and activists. Yellow ribbons representing them have appeared in the streets by the thousand. Whatever happens, the deep splits that have opened in Catalan society show few signs of healing.