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)

Catalonia Refuses Spanish Demands To Halt Referendum

Spain has been desperately trying to undermine the vote in recent weeks, sending thousands of national police into Catalonia.