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Spain: Far-right Vox rally against Calatan independence in capital

Spain, Madrid
October 26, 2019 at 14:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of far-right Vox party supporters demonstrated against Catalan independence in Madrid's Plaza de Colon on Saturday.

The crowd unfurled a massive Spanish flag, measuring 50 metres (164ft) by 20 metres (66ft), thought to be the largest in the world.

The party's leader Santiago Abascal said in a speech that the "only option" to ensure "national unity" was "to ban separatist parties" and bring back "power" to the centre.

He described the current crisis in Catalonia as a "live coup". The autonomous region has experienced waves of unrest since the jailing of nine independence leaders earlier this month.

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Thousands of far-right Vox party supporters demonstrated against Catalan independence in Madrid's Plaza de Colon on Saturday.

The crowd unfurled a massive Spanish flag, measuring 50 metres (164ft) by 20 metres (66ft), thought to be the largest in the world.

The party's leader Santiago Abascal said in a speech that the "only option" to ensure "national unity" was "to ban separatist parties" and bring back "power" to the centre.

He described the current crisis in Catalonia as a "live coup". The autonomous region has experienced waves of unrest since the jailing of nine independence leaders earlier this month.

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