Tens of thousands rally in Barcelona to back independence on Catalan holiday

Posted On: Sep 11, 2019   |   Posted By: RT

Tens of thousands rally in Barcelona to back independence on Catalan holiday

Massive crowds gathered in Barcelona to mark the Catalan national holiday and to demand independence from Spain, in a vocal message from the separatist movement, whose leadership has mostly been jailed by Madrid for “rebellion.”
Tens of thousands rallied in the Catalan capital on Wednesday for “Diada,” Catalonia's national day, in a colorful pro-independence demonstration replete with banners, flags and patriotic chants.
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Following 2017's ill-fated independence vote -which Madrid declared illegal and invalid- dozens of Catalan separatist leaders were arrested, on charges ranging from misuse of state funds to “rebellion,” over their involvement in the referendum. A verdict in one high-profile case involving 12 leaders is expected in the coming weeks.
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