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Hundreds of thousands of Catalans call for independence from Spain

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Hundreds of thousands of separatists marched through Barcelona on Saturday in a renewed call for Catalonian independence, days ahead of new talks between the regional administration and the Spanish central government. Some 400,000 people turned out, according to the separatist citizens’ movement Catalan National Assembly (ANC), which made the call for the rally on Catalonia’s national holiday, known as Diada. There was no independent assessment of the numbers who came to the demonstration. However, Saturday’s turnout was far lower than in similar marches held on the same day in past years befo…

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