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Catalans to create 400-km chain to demand independence

Staff writer ▼ | September 11, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will unite to create a 400-kilometer human chain on September 11, the region's national day, as part of a campaign for independence, reports LETA/AFP.
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Catalans independenceHundreds of thousands of Catalans will unite to create a 400-kilometer human chain on September 11, the region's national day, as part of a campaign for independence, reports LETA/AFP.


Some 400,000 people aim to join hands along the entire coastline of the northeastern region of Catalonia, largely inspired by the Baltic Way human chain, to demand an historic redrawing of the map of Spain.

The protest is being organized by Catalan separatists on the region's national day, Diada, which recalls the final defeat of Catalan troops by Spanish King Philip V's forces in 1714. Catalans say the human chain will pass through 86 cities, towns and villages over more than 400 kilometers. About 5,000 volunteers will help run the protest. Some 1,500 buses will help move protesters into position.

Police will deploy 4,000 officers including in the regional capital Barcelona, where anti-independence protesters calling for Spanish unity are also seeking permission to rally.

The protest is an attempt to emulate the 1989 Baltic Way chain that called for the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the breakup of the Soviet Union.


 

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