Spain: Catalan separatists met with counter-protests on Majorca public holiday

Supporters of Catalan independence held a rally on the Diada de Mallorca ('Day of Majorca') public holiday in the centre of Palma de Majorca on Sunday. The rally drew a large counter-demonstration from unionists. Separatists waved the Estelada, also known as the Lone Star flag, a symbol of Catalan nationalism, and marched with banners depicting various pro-independence slogans. Police formed... Еще a line separating the two groups of protesters. Leader of the pro-Spanish political party Circulo Balear Jorge Campos who was present at the rally referred to Catalan nationalism as a «violent and intolerant movement». In an interview, Cristofol Soler, former President of the Balearic Islands Parliament, said, «all of the Catalan countries, Catalonia, the Balearics and the Valencian region, we are a single nation that historically was independent.» The Balearic islands, which are made up of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, have historic ties with Catalonia and much of the population speaks a Catalan dialect.

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