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Catalonia: mobilization down sharply for independence protest

2019-09-11T20:23:12.083Z

Two years after the secessionist attempt in 2017, the separatists took to the streets of the Catalan capital on the day of the "Diada", the festival of Catalonia commemorating the fall of Barcelona in 1714 during the War of Succession. .


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The giant "Estelada" (Catalan separatist flag) worn on the occasion of the Catalan National Day "Diada" in Barcelona, ​​September 11, 2019. REUTERS / Albert Gea

Two years after the secessionist attempt in 2017, the separatists took to the streets of the Catalan capital on the day of the "Diada", the festival of Catalonia commemorating the fall of Barcelona in 1714 during the War of Succession. Spain. There were fewer demonstrators than in previous years.

With our correspondent in Barcelona, Élise Gazendel

They were 600,000 according to the local police against one million last year according to the same source. A downward mobilization that can be explained in particular by the internal tensions within the secessionist camp, divided on the way to follow now to obtain this independence , promised in 2017 after the referendum .

And this fatigue was also felt this Wednesday afternoon among the present. One of them also explained that for the first time this year the slogan " Objective: Independence " was mainly intended for Catalan leaders, and not necessarily in Madrid or Europe.

Expected verdict for former incarcerated leaders

But this event remains important and it was a way for many of them to also prove their strength, a few days before the verdict of the trial to their former incarcerated leaders. They face up to 25 years in prison for rebellion.

The organizers on stage did not fail to evoke this process and to demand the release of theirs. Without a doubt, the most applauded moments of their speeches.

Also to listen: The "Diada", annual meeting Catalan separatists

Source: rfi

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