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People In Catalonia Explain Why They Want Independence From Spain

"Because we are a pacifist country and we want to be free."

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Earlier this month Catalonia voted to leave Spain in a referendum that Madrid declared illegal, and on Tuesday Catalonia's president suspended a declaration of independence from Spain.

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Many Catalans, however, are still hoping for the region to leave Spain. We asked them to share a message with the world.

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Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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