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Tens of thousands rally in Madrid over Catalonia's push for independence

Tens of thousands rally in Madrid over Catalonia's push for independence
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Tens of thousands of people gathered in central of Madrid on Saturday amid tensions over Catalonia’s recent push for independence.

Many protesters dressed in white, marching under the slogan “shall we talk”.

Protesters in #Barcelona singing the European anthem. #Catalonia#parlem7O#hablamospic.twitter.com/J5wyTArPZz

— Mariel Müller (@EscribeMariel) 7 octobre 2017

Organisers said the rally was an attempt to defuse the escalating political crisis over, the worst to hit Spain in decades.

On Friday, Madrid’s most senior official in Catalonia apologised to those injured by police in last Sunday’s banned independence referendum.

In addition to the large pro-dialogue protest, several thousand people also took part in nearby rival rally waving Spanish flags to demonstrate against Catalan independence.

The calls for unity come amid widespread speculation that Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont will declare the north-eastern region’s independence from the rest of Spain next week

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