Catalan hold Catalan independentist flags (Senyera) during celebrations of Catalonia National Day (Diada) in Barcelona on September 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE
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Red and yellow flags filled the streets of Barcelona Thursday as Catalan nationalists fired up by Scotland's independence referendum rallied to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.Thousands of people wearing shirts striped with the Catalan colors, some of them also waving blue and white Scottish flags, massed in the sunshine at the start of a rally which was expected to draw half a million demonstrators.The Scottish vote is due just a week after the most sensitive day of the year for Catalonia: Thursday's "Diada," the annual commemoration that marks its defeat and absorption by Spain.Spain's national government fiercely opposes any move toward independence for Catalonia. It has branded Mas' planned vote illegal and vowed to block it.
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