Second Chance: Rallies for Catalan Independence Go Worldwide

© AFP 2022 / QUIQUE GARCIASupporters of an independant state of Catalonia and Republicans display a huge Catalan flag. File photo
Supporters of an independant state of Catalonia and Republicans display a huge Catalan flag. File photo - Sputnik International
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Supporters of Catalan independence rallied Sunday in Ecuador, Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands, as the Spanish region prepares for elections that could pave the way to its secession from Spain.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Groups of people built human arrowheads in anticipation of a massive pro-independence demonstration "Gateway to the Catalan Republic" to be held in Barcelona on Catalonia’s National Day, September 11.

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), organizing the events, states that these human arrowheads "aim to demand the right of the Catalan people to vote on independence democratically and peacefully."

According to photos published on corresponding Facebook event pages, over a hundred people took to the streets in Amsterdam, while rallies in Quito (Ecuador), Parana (Argentina) and Berlin gathered dozens of activists.

Prior to the upcoming celebration in Barcelona, Catalonia’s independence supporters will hold rallies in 17 cities of the United States as well as in Switzerland, the UAE, Australia, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, El Salvador, France, Thailand and Canada.

Catalonia has long sought independence from Spain, accusing Madrid of constraining its economic and cultural autonomy and of unfairly distributing resources.

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On September 27, Catalonia will hold regional elections. Several coalitions of pro-independence parties have pledged to set processes in motion for the autonomous region to separate from Spain, should it win the vote.

Over 80 percent of Catalans who participated in a November 2014 vote supported secession from Spain. More than two million people out of an estimated 5.4 million eligible voters took part in the informal, non-binding ballot.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly said that Catalonia’s secession would be illegal.

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