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The Dublin City Council policy committee this morning voted in favour of flying the Catalan flag over Dublin City Hall for a month-long period.

Councillors voted seven to five in favour of flying the flag after the motion was put forward by People Before Profit councillor John Lyons. It will now progress to a vote at a full council meeting for final approval.

The flying of the flag, known as the Estelada in the Catalan language, may provoke a strong reaction from Spanish representatives based in this state after Spain issued charges of sedition and rebellion against Carles Puigdemont and other alleged ringleaders of the independence movement.

Spain has revoked Catalonia’s autonomy and imposed direct rule on the region.

The wording of the motion put forward is:

“In solidarity with our twin city of Barcelona this Council condemns the Spanish government’s repression and violence perpetrated on citizens exercising their democratic right to vote and as such, in an act of solidarity and in recognition of this universal right to democracy and self determination as established by international covenants, we agree to fly the Catalan flag over City Hall for one month.”

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