Spain: Thousands march in pro-unity rally as deadline looms

Thousands of pro-unity supporters gathered in Barcelona on Wednesday just hours before a deadline which could see Catalonia face direct rule from Madrid. Despite the rain, people marched through city with umbrellas emblazoned with the Spanish flag. Xavier Garcia Albiol, President of People's Party in Catalonia, said: «Despite the rain, there are many Catalans here, getting wet and giving a... Еще voice to that part of the population that Puigdemont wants to make invisible.” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont until Thursday to clarify his position on the issue of independence. If the response is deemed unsatisfactory the Spanish government has threatened to invoke Article 155, which would establish direct rule from Madrid.

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