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Hundreds of thousands protest splitting Catalonia from Spain

Nationalist activists march in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday during a mass rally against Catalonia's declaration of independence. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP

"Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona's streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence," Reuters reports:

  • "Political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain had a small lead in an opinion poll published on Sunday, the first since Madrid called a regional election to try to resolve the country's worst political crisis in four decades."
  • "Waving thousands of Spanish flags and singing 'Viva España," protesters on Sunday turned out in the largest display of support for a united Spain since the beginning of the crisis — underlining the depth of division in Catalonia itself."