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Million march for Catalonian independence

Issue No. 2571

Demonstrators marched in defiance of the Spanish state

Demonstrators marched in defiance of the Spanish state (Pic: Catalan National Assembly)

Supporters of Catalan independence responded to new harassment by the Spanish government with a million-strong march on Monday.

The annual demonstration came in the run-up to a referendum planned on 1 October by the Catalan government, but banned by Spain.

Cops raided a print shop and the offices of a Catalan newspaper on Friday, in an investigation the courts said concerned Catalan politicians.

Catalan president Carles Puigemont accused them of “looking for a fight”. He has vowed to declare independence within days if the referendum result is a yes.

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy called the referendum an “intolerable act of disobedience”.

Public meeting: Solidarity with Catalonia: should the Left support independence? Thursday 21 September , 7pm, London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. Speakers include: Quim Arrufat, MP of the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) in the Catalan Parliament between 2012 and 2015;  Angela McCormick (Scottish radical independence campaigner); David Karvala (author and Marx21 activist in Barcelona); Héctor Sierra (Socialist Workers Party). Hosted by the Socialist Workers Party and CUP Exterior.

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