Ex-mayor called traitor says Catalan referendum has ruptured society

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Jordi Ballart, who quit as mayor of Terrassa last month, says he was labelled a quisling and coward for not backing independence

The former mayor of a Catalan city who was labelled a quisling for his stance on the independence referendum has said society is deeply divided as the region prepares for a second vote in three months.

If the political and economic consequences of the Catalonia crisis are easy to quantify – a deposed regional government, a former president in self-imposed Belgian exile, a former vice-president in a prison cell, more than 2,500 companies moving their headquarters out of the region and tourism down nearly 5% – its social impact is harder to gauge.

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