Weeks after Catalonians voted on a referendum to succeed from Spain, Catalan regional president, Carles Puigdemont, is sending mixed messages about whether the region, which includes Barcelona, the second-most populous city in Spain, will follow through on a declaration of independence. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he'll impose direct rule if Catalonia does not back down. Support for independence has grown in recent years among Catalan's 7. 5 million people as the country grappled with an economic crisis and a move by the Spain's constitutional court to limit Catalonia's autonomous powers. On Sunday, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports on the roots of Catalonia's movement and the pros and cons of breaking away.
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Episode #834 / Length: 26 minutes