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Spain: Police confront far-right groups at Valencia Day parade02:56

Spain: Police confront far-right groups at Valencia Day parade

Spain, Valencia
October 10, 2018 at 00:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tensions boiled over at the Comunidad Valenciana (Day of the Valencian Community) parade in Valencia on Tuesday as far-right groups tried to disrupt the event.

Riot police were forced to intervene to separate nationalist groups from the parade.

"We went out to demand that October 9 is a public holiday and that we have all the freedom to enjoy it as such. Nobody should come and tell us how we have to feel. In the end one has to understand the Valencian territory in many ways, with many flags, and there are many symbols, and that must be respected. Everything is based on mutual respect," commented one of the parade's participants.

Valencia celebrates the day of its autonomous community on October 9, with a flag parade where the Valencia community's flag, the Senyera, is carried from the City Hall through the streets to the statue of James I. The procession commemorates when King James I officially entered the city of Valencia and captured it from Moorish rule in 1238.

Spain: Police confront far-right groups at Valencia Day parade02:56
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Tensions boiled over at the Comunidad Valenciana (Day of the Valencian Community) parade in Valencia on Tuesday as far-right groups tried to disrupt the event.

Riot police were forced to intervene to separate nationalist groups from the parade.

"We went out to demand that October 9 is a public holiday and that we have all the freedom to enjoy it as such. Nobody should come and tell us how we have to feel. In the end one has to understand the Valencian territory in many ways, with many flags, and there are many symbols, and that must be respected. Everything is based on mutual respect," commented one of the parade's participants.

Valencia celebrates the day of its autonomous community on October 9, with a flag parade where the Valencia community's flag, the Senyera, is carried from the City Hall through the streets to the statue of James I. The procession commemorates when King James I officially entered the city of Valencia and captured it from Moorish rule in 1238.

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