Sep 12, 2018
Catalonia 'National Day' rally draws million
About a million people have taken to the streets of Barcelona to mark Catalonia's "National Day" and show continued support for independence. Catalan regional president Quim Torra and his predecessor Carles Puigdemont, who fled into exile in Belgium after the failed independence bid, had urged people to demonstrate. Tuesday's Diada holiday marks the day Barcelona fell to the soldiers of King Philip V in 1714 and for the past eight years has been used as a rallying point for independence. It is the first such celebration since Catalonia held a referendum on independence on 1 October last year and then unilaterally declared independence on 27 October. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrel, who is Catalan, said: "We Catalans should celebrate our national day and not just a call for independence that is shared by less than half of the population."
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