Spain: Hundreds of thousands gathered in Barcelona calling for Catalonia's independence

Hundreds of thousands flooded the streets Barcelona to mark Catalonia's national day and to support its independence from Spain, on Monday. Catalans dressed in yellow and holding Estelada flags, an unofficial flag of the province, marched through the city centre, ahead of the independence referendum which is expected to be staged by the regional government, though it has been declared illegal by... Еще Spanish Constitutional Court. Jordi Sanchez, the President of the National Catalan Assembly, appealed to Spanish citizens, stating «we ask you not to let the most basic democratic rights of the citizens of Catalunya be damaged in the name of your country.» Catalonia's national day, the Diada, marks the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region's subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms.

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