Spanish unionists rallied against the Catalan independence push in Barcelona on Thursday, as the country celebrates its National Day. Demonstrators marched along Passeig de Gracia towards plaza de Catalunya, where thousands of people gathered in support of Spanish unity. Plenty of Spanish and Catalan flags could be seen in the procession, accompanied by chants in favour of Spanish unity and... Еще against Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. This year's national celebration of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas is held amid a deep political crisis, after the independence referendum held in Catalonia on October 1. Puigdemont signed a declaration of Catalan independence on Tuesday, but halted its execution to allow for negotiations.