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Spain: Thousands rally in Barcelona against raids on Catalan officials02:26

Spain: Thousands rally in Barcelona against raids on Catalan officials

Spain, Barcelona
September 21, 2017 at 19:10 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with recent large-scale raids by the Civil Guard on Catalan government officials, demonstrated in front of the Superior Court of Justice, on Barcelona's Passeig de Lluis Companys, Thursday.

Protesters demanded the release of the officials arrested and waved Catalonian flags in support of independence.

One protester Rosa Maria Marin said "I want to have a Catalan Republic, to liberate myself from the Spanish state. That was never my country."

The raids happened yesterday ahead of an independence referendum which was scheduled to take place on the 1 October 2017.

Spain: Thousands rally in Barcelona against raids on Catalan officials02:26
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Thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with recent large-scale raids by the Civil Guard on Catalan government officials, demonstrated in front of the Superior Court of Justice, on Barcelona's Passeig de Lluis Companys, Thursday.

Protesters demanded the release of the officials arrested and waved Catalonian flags in support of independence.

One protester Rosa Maria Marin said "I want to have a Catalan Republic, to liberate myself from the Spanish state. That was never my country."

The raids happened yesterday ahead of an independence referendum which was scheduled to take place on the 1 October 2017.

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