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In Barcelona, thousands of people demonstrate against the'independence

in Barcelona, thousands of people demonstrate against the'independence

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thousands of people participated in Barcelona on Sunday in a protest against the “sudden breakaway” in Catalonia.

According to the mayor some 6.500 people participated in the march which ended at mid-day in front of the headquarters of the regional government led by the separatist Carles Puigdemont. Fifteen thousand, according to the protesters. It was the first step, convened in Barcelona by the Sociedad civil Catalana (SCC), a public-spirited platform founded in 2014 against the independance movement.

“I do not want the independence, I am Spanish, I was born in Burgos, and I am coming to Barcelona to look for a job, thirty years ago”, showed Gloria Chicote, a nurse, aged 60 years.

The protesters, armed with flags, Catalan and Spanish, called on the government and independent parties to put an end to their “drift”. The former leader of regional separatist Artur Mas and his successor Carles Puigdemont “have poisoned our society”, ensured, and Manuel Lopez, a retiree, before you say persuaded that a real “coup” was underway in Catalonia.

Carles Puigdemont, has promised to secede if he wins a referendum on independence that it plans to hold in September at the latest. The separatist majority since 2015 in the regional Parliament calling for since 2012 Madrid the possibility to organise a referendum.

The lack of dialogue, coupled with the economic crisis, has strengthened their camp, which accuses in particular the Madrid of interfering with their freedom of expression. Among the demonstrators were also representatives of the popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy, who is attempting an “operation” dialog, to combat the growing distance of a part of Catalans, divided almost equally between pro-independence and those in favour of maintaining Spain. “The battle is not completely lost,” said the president of the CSC, Mariano Goma Otero. “It is reversible but it is necessary that Madrid is much more present in Catalonia,” he said, referring, in particular, investment in infrastructure, particularly rail, and further enhancement of the culture and language, Catalan.

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