Catalan independence push puts Spanish border town on edge

In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 photo, people sit on a bar terrace at San Rafael del Rio, a small regional border-town some 207 kilometers (129 miles) south of Barcelona. Spain. The river that runs through San Rafael del Rio, a quiet rural town with a population of just over 500, provides a natural boundary between the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Valencia. Now residents are worried that the escalating conflict between Spanish and Catalan authorities will split the town in two. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)


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