Photos: Catalan separatists rally as movement frays five years on

by | Sep 12, 2022 | World

Some 150,000 Catalan separatists rallied in Barcelona on Sunday, trying to reignite an independence movement that is fraying as it nears the five-year anniversary of its failed breakaway bid from Spain.For the past 10 years, the September 11 rally held on Catalonia’s main holiday has been the focal point of the wealthy northeastern region’s separatist movement.
It has drawn in several hundreds of thousands of people who want to create a new country in the western Mediterranean culminating in an October 2017 independence push, which received no international support and was quickly quashed.
But the unity between pro-independence political parties and the civil society groups that led in October 2017 is in danger of falling apart due to conflicting views on how to go forward.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), a civil group that organised Sunday’s march, is strongly opposed to the talks that the Catalan government is holding with Spain’s central government in Madrid.
The influential organisation says it has lost faith in political parties and is ready to move on alone towards a new attempt at breaking with Spain. That led to Catalonia’s regional president, Pere Aragonès, becoming the first Catalan president to not attend …

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