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Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence
"We feel both Catalan and Spanish," Araceli Ponze, 72, said during Sunday's rally. "We are facing a tremendous unknown. We will see what happens this week but we have to speak out very loudly so they know what we want."

Puigdemont will address the Catalan parliament at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Tuesday on "the current political situation" amid speculation he could ask the assembly to declare independence.


Rally for Art. 155
Sunday's demonstration in Barcelona was organised by the anti-independence group Catalan Civil Society to mobilise what it believes is a "silent majority" that opposes independence.

"The people who have come to demonstrate don't feel Catalan so much as Spanish," said 40-year-old engineer Raul Briones, wearing a Spanish national soccer team shirt. "We like how things have been up until now and want to go on like this."

Reportage over the past week is developing a profile of businesses within the "silent majority" on which Cataluyna's prosperity purportedly rely.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 9th, 2017 at 01:48:28 PM EST

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