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one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain in Barcelona
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 11, 2017 03:29PM

one million is a LOT of people

Around one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain
[www.reuters.com]

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Around one million Catalans rallied in Barcelona on Monday, waving red and yellow striped flags and banging drums, in a show of support for independence after Madrid moved to block a referendum on the region’s split from Spain.

Sept. 11 marks the ‘Diada’, Catalonia’s national day, which commemorates the fall of Barcelona to Spain in 1714 and is traditionally used by pro-independence activists to call for secession for the northeastern region with a distinct language.

However, this year’s event had particular significance as a show of strength for the independence movement just three weeks ahead of a referendum on the issue which Madrid has declared illegal and taken steps to obstruct in the courts.

Demonstrators climbed on each others’ shoulders to form human towers, a Catalan tradition, while others carried banners reading ‘We’re going to be a free country!’ and ‘Full of hope’ while wearing fluorescent yellow t-shirts with the word ‘yes’.

City police said on Twitter that around one million people took part, one of the highest turn-outs in recent years. Protesters said they hoped the vote would go ahead as planned on Oct. 1.
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Re: one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain in Barcelona
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 11, 2017 03:31PM
Trump's crowd was bigger. Just saying.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain in Barcelona
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 11, 2017 03:44PM
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Speedy
Trump's crowd was bigger.

Only if you're counting on tiny fingers.
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Re: one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain in Barcelona
Posted by: hal
Date: September 11, 2017 04:32PM
My friends just happened to be in Barcelona during the election. They said it was an awesome party through out the city.
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Re: one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain in Barcelona
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 11, 2017 08:38PM
Inspiration for my state, where we tax the rich and speak a different language - 'Minnesotan'.
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Re: one million rally for Catalan independence from Spain in Barcelona
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 11, 2017 10:53PM
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sekker
Inspiration for my state, where we tax the rich and speak a different language - 'Minnesotan'.

And the rich, they keep moving in and getting richer. You betcha.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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