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Catalan protests: Tens of thousands mark vote anniversary

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By ITN News Editor October 2, 2018 15:14

Catalan protests: Tens of thousands mark vote anniversary

Tens of thousands have gathered across cities and towns in Catalonia to mark the one-year anniversary of the contested referendum on independence. Municipal police said up to 180,000 protesters gathered in Barcelona pushing for independence. Demonstrators earlier obstructed major roads south of the city and a high-speed railway line in Girona. Catalonia held the vote on 1 October 2017 and its separatist government declared independence on 27 October. But Spain’s constitutional court deemed the referendum illegal and Madrid imposed direct rule. At the time, there were ugly scenes on the streets as Spanish police tried to prevent people from going to the polls.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 2, 2018 15:14
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