Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Catalans form 250-mile human chain

Several hundred thousand people demanding an independent Catalonia have joined hands to form a 250-mile human chain across the north-eastern region of Spain.

The demonstration aimed to illustrate local support for political efforts to break away. Organisers estimated about 400,000 people took part.

Catalonia claims a deep cultural difference based on its language, which is spoken as well as Spanish in the wealthy region.

Catalonia's regional leader Artur Mas has promised to hold a referendum on independence in 2014, but the Madrid-based government has said that such a vote would be unconstitutional.

Polls indicate that the majority of Catalans agree on holding a referendum, though surveys in the region of 7.5 million people indicate support for independence is around 50%.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph