Marchers turn out for Spain Na­tional Day

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THOU­SANDS of Cata­lans who want their re­gion to re­main in Spain marked the coun­try’s na­tional day yes­ter­day, march­ing through Barcelona wav­ing both Span­ish and Cata­lan flags and shout­ing “I am Span­ish”.

Mean­while, in the na­tional cap­i­tal, Madrid, troops and po­lice pa­raded in front of King Felipe VI, ac­com­pa­nied by na­tional and re­gional politi­cians.

Thou­sands of peo­ple wav­ing Span­ish flags lined the pave­ment of Madrid’s Paseo de la Castel­lana av­enue for the mil­i­tary pa­rade amid cri­sis in Spain over Cat­alo­nia’s vote for in­de­pen­dence in a ref­er­en­dum con­sid­ered il­le­gal by na­tional au­thor­i­ties.

Spain is wait­ing for a re­sponse to a gov­ern­ment re­quest to Cat­alo­nia’s leader to clar­ify by Mon­day if he has al­ready de­clared in­de­pen­dence.

If so, Spain warns it may ap­ply Ar­ti­cle 155 of its Con­sti­tu­tion and be­gin tak­ing full or par­tial con­trol of the re­gion.

Jeff J Mitchell

> Tens of thou­sands gather in Barcelona for a Span­ish Na­tional Day rally yes­ter­day

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