BARCELONA: Catalonia’s leader Artur Mas goes to court on Thursday charged with breaking the law by organizing a vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain. The Catalan independence movement has raised political tensions in Spain as it recovers from several years of recession and prepares for general elections on December 20. The Spanish government says holding a vote on independence is against the constitution since all Spanish people have the right to decide on matters of sovereignty. Prosecutors accuse Mas of civil disobedience and misuse of public funds in organizing the vote on November 9, 2014, in defiance of an injunction by Spain’s Constitutional Court. Some 2.3 million of Catalonia’s 7.5 million inhabitants took part and nearly 1.9 million of them voted in favor of independence.