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Spain: Tens of thousands call for Catalonia's independence in Barcelona

Spain, Barcelona
September 11, 2019 at 17:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands marched through the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday, marking Diada - the National Day of Catalonia and demanding region’s independence from Spain.

Demonstrators were seen waving Estelada flags, as well as holding banners in support of "political prisoners."

The demonstration was called by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural under the slogan "Objective Independence."

Unlike most independence days, Catalan National Day 'La Diada' celebrated on September 11, commemorates the fall of Barcelona to the troops of King Philip V of Spain after a 14-month siege in 1714.

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Tens of thousands marched through the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday, marking Diada - the National Day of Catalonia and demanding region’s independence from Spain.

Demonstrators were seen waving Estelada flags, as well as holding banners in support of "political prisoners."

The demonstration was called by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural under the slogan "Objective Independence."

Unlike most independence days, Catalan National Day 'La Diada' celebrated on September 11, commemorates the fall of Barcelona to the troops of King Philip V of Spain after a 14-month siege in 1714.

W/S Aerial shot of demonstration, inscription reading (Catalan): "Objective independence", Barcelona

M/S Protesters waving Estelada flags

W/S Banner reading (Catalan): “The cell is small but the dream is huge"

W/S Protesters waving Estelada flags

M/S Banner reading (Catalan): “Unity! Self-determination is a right, not a crime.”

W/S Protesters waving Estelada flags

W/S Protesters waving Estelada flags

W/S Protesters waving Estelada flags

W/S Protesters waving Estelada flags

W/S Kids with Estelada flags

W/S Aerial shot of protest

W/S Protesters with flag depicting Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras

M/S Human figures with gagged mouths

C/U Protester with ballot box on head

M/S Protester with giant Estelada flag

M/S Banner reading (Catalan): “Unity”

M/S Protesters with a banner

W/S Aerial shot of protest

W/S Aerial shot of protest

W/S Aerial shot of protest

M/S Sign reading (Catalan): “You will never walk alone” and face of Junqueras

SOT, Marcel Mauri, Omnium Cultural spokesperson (Catalan): "A long sentence, which seeks to punish us, humiliate us, seeks revenge and humiliation. Therefore in our memory there will always be the person who should be here today, I speak on behalf of Jordi Cuixart, our president."

W/S Aerial shot of protest

M/S Protest

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