A pro-independence protester holds a "estelada" flag, that symbolizes Catalonia's independence, as lawmakers vote on whether to seek the right to hold a referendum on independence from Spain at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona’s Battle Of The Banners

The proliferation of banners is a side-effect of the debate raging across the city — and the wider Catalonia region — over the prospect of breaking away from Spain.