Voters cast their ballots in a symbolic independence referendum held in Curitiba, southern Brazil, Saturday. President of Southern Nation Commission Pedro Lis claimed that the recent vote in Catalonia, to gain their independence from Spain, had resonance for the southern states in Brazil. He said, «We consider the Catalan situation as a very similar one to that of Southern Brazil. Historically... Еще, just the same as them, we have a historical cause.» On October 1, Catalonia, held a referendum to decide on their independence from the nation of Spain. However, the Spanish government has deemed the action 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional'.