WASHINGTON POST. Catalonia rallies for independence on “catalan national day”. 11sep2012
Catalonia rallies for independence on ‘Catalan National Day’
While Americans commemorate Sept. 11 by putting aside differences, Spaniards mark the day by letting divisions flare.
Sept. 11 is Catalonia’s National Day, when the 7-million-strong semi-autonomous community commemorates the anniversary of their defeat by Spanish troops in 1714, which ended Catalan independence.
Thousands of protesters plan to take to the streets Tuesday evening in Barcelona, the largest city within Catalonia, urging independence for the territory. This year, the annual demonstrations promise to be even larger than in the past, as frustrations over unemployment and the ongoing recession have escalated tensions with Spain.
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