News Net Scotland. 1.5 million demonstrators demand independence for Catalonia. 11.09.2012
1.5 million demonstrators demand independence for Catalonia
The Catalan capital of Barcelona was brought to a standstill on Tuesday during a massive rally in favour of Catalan independence. Marching under the slogan Catalunya, nou Estat d’Europa(Catalonia, new European state) the streets of the Mediterranean city were packed by demonstrators from all parts of Catalonia demanding independence from Spain in an unprecedented show of mass support for Catalan sovereignty, blaming the Madrid government for the economic crisis which is dragging Catalonia down along with the rest of Spain.
Attendance at the rally exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts of organisers. The regional government estimated that the crowd was 600,000 strong. Local police said the true figure was likely to be as high as 1.5 million. Catalunya has a total population of 7.5 million, meaning that even on the lower estimates, almost 10% of the entire population were motivated to attend the independence rally, held on la Diada, Catalonia’s national day.
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