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The rally had 750,000 attend according to Barcelona’s police (who likely have pro-independence sympathies). Pro-Spain, anti-independence rallies have also been large such as one with 300,000 people taking part two weeks ago.




Associated Press:

Hundreds of thousands of people backing Catalonia’s bid to secede from Spain packed the streets in downtown Barcelona Saturday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders.

The rally’s grassroots organizers called for 10 prominent members of the secessionist movement in the northeastern Spanish region to be freed from prison.

Eight former members of Catalonia’s dissolved Cabinet and two activists are in jail while Spanish authorities investigate their alleged roles in promoting an illegal declaration of independence last month in violation of Spain’s Constitution.

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Spain (ES) is estimated to have a population of 46.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -0.2% pa.
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