Election workers are preparing polling stations in Catalonia for the Spanish region's proxy vote on independence. Nathan Frandino reports.
Independence is on the table in Catalonia, where parliamentary elections on Sunday could determine whether the region breaks away from Spain. Separatist parties running on a joint ticket are expected to win a majority of seats, according to polls. And those parties have said they will declare independence within 18 months if they win. In Barcelona, residents hang flags from their balconies, representing their pick... the Catalan separatist "Estelada" flag... or the Spanish flag seen here next to the Catalan flag. Opinions on the region's future are diverse. (SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) BARCELONA VISITOR, OT GUILLEN, SAYING: "I think this is a necessary process after what has been happening in the last years. I think it can lead us to change, and a change for the better." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA RESIDENT, EMILIO SANCHEZ, SAYING: "I want us to stay united. I don't want secession. If we have been together for so long, why split now? I want this thing to be solved in the best possible way. That is what I want." Catalonia already has a large measure of political and cultural autonomy, but separatist sentiment has surged in recent years under the slogan "Catalonia is not Spain". The center-right government has ruled out a Catalan breakway and opposes any attempt to hold a referendum on secession.