The Spanish region of Catalonia could briefly steal the referendum limelight from Scotland on Thursday during demonstrations in Barcelona aimed at sparking momentum for those opposed to Spanish rule.

About 55% of Catalans support independence from Spain, according to the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia, a government-supported group that seeks to raise awareness about the semiautonomous area of Spain that has Barcelona as its capital.

The organizers of Catalan Way 2014, as Thursday’s mass demonstration is called, expect more than 450,000 people to attend and hope to fill the streets and ballot boxes.

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