Na­tional day cel­e­brated amid se­ces­sion cri­sis

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - 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 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.

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.

In Barcelona, Cat­alo­nia’s cap­i­tal, thou­sands of peo­ple wav­ing Span­ish and Cata­lan flags marched to a cen­tral square, some with their faces in the red and yel­low colors of both the Span­ish and Cata­lan flags.

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