Cata­lan union­ists take to streets again

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

MADRID — Thou­sands of Cata­lans who want their re­gion to re­main in Spain marked the coun­try’s na­tional day Thurs­day, march­ing through Barcelona wav­ing both Span­ish and Cata­lan flags and shout­ing “I am Span­ish!” as the re­gion’s threats of in­de­pen­dence have left the coun­try in cri­sis.

Mean­while, in the na­tional cap­i­tal of 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 side­walk of Madrid’s Paseo de la Castel­lana av­enue for the mil­i­tary pa­rade.

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