Spain: Hundreds rally in Madrid for Catalonia's independence voteSpain: Hundreds rally in Madrid for Catalonia's independence vote

Hundreds of people gathered in Lavapies district in Madrid, Sunday, to show their support for the referendum on Catalan independence scheduled for October 1. Demonstrators sang Catalan songs with some holding symbolic ballot papers. The rally took place outside Teatro del Barrio instead of the location provided earlier by the Madrid City Hall and was later forbidden by the court. The theatre... Еще administration offered their premises claiming that the court decision violates civic liberties and freedom of expression. Several politicians, including the spokesperson of the Catalan party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia, ERC) Joan Tarda participated in the event. The event was initially planned in a location provided by the Madrid City Hall, but then it was forbidden by the court as they claimed that it was a public space. The Teatro del Barrio gave up their premises for the event, stating the ban was an act against the civil liberties of the people. Catalan citizens will vote in an upcoming historical independence referendum on October 1, in a ballot that has been deemed illegal and unconstitutional by the Spanish Supreme Court. Mandatory Credit: Teatro del Barrio

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