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Catalan firefighters drive to Scotland to back independence

18 september 2014, 11:00

  A group of Catalan firefighters arrived in Glasgow on Wednesday to lend their support to a "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum in a convoy including a vintage car painted in the colours of the Spanish region's separatist flag, AFP reports.

After a 2,000-kilometre (1,243 miles) drive from their homeland, the firefighters were greeted by a crowd of "Yes" supporters in the city's George Square on the eve of the vote.

"We've come to help the Scots and to tell the world that we Catalans want to vote," said Pep Pladeveya from Gerona in northeast Spain, standing by his brightly-coloured Seat 600.

"We live in a dictatorship and we want to vote like in Scotland," he told AFP in the square.

Pladeveya said he and his friends would stay in the square and lay out candles to make the Scottish and Catalan.

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans fired up by Scotland's referendum rallied last week in Barcelona's streets in red and yellow shirts, forming a giant "V" to demand a vote.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday branded moves for independence such as those in Scotland and Catalonia a "torpedo" to European integration.

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