5 things you need to know about the controversial referendum in Catalonia
2 October 2017: Catalonia aspires to independence. An emancipation that is not obvious to Spain that has harshly repressed the participants and organizers of yesterday's ballot.
The question asked on Sunday to the Catalans was: "Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?"
The census of the persons entitled to vote includes "electors resident in Catalonia and outside residents", ie 5.3 million people. 712 of the 948 Catalan municipalities had agreed to vote.