Spain: Pro-independence parties rally in Barcelona ahead of referendum

The anti-capitalist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) party together with En Comu Podem electoral coalition held a rally in favour of Catalonia’s independence at L'Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona, Thursday, urging the audience to vote “yes” on October 1. Marta Sibina of En Comu Podem urged the audience to vote asserting that “there were cries of independence but the loudest and most unanimous... Еще cry of all was democracy”. She added “vote yes or no, vote blank, vote with a piece of Chorizo in the envelope. What we have to do is to go and vote.” Various politicians defined the upcoming referendum as an opportunity to exercise democracy and freedom, in a ballot that has been deemed illegal and unconstitutional by the Spanish Supreme Court. Spain’s Civil Guard has raided printing shops producing material connected to the referendum, while internet websites have been closed down as Spain moves to counter the referendum.

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