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Demonstrators wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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People hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia on September 30, 2017 in Malaga. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Malaga in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before an banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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People hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia on September 30, 2017 in Malaga. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Malaga in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before an banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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Protestors wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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People hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia on September 30, 2017 in Malaga. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Malaga in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before an banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party 'Platform for Catalonia' (PXC) in front of the city hall of Barcelona, on September 30, 2017. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before a banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / PAU BARRENA
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People hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia on September 30, 2017 in Malaga. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Malaga in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before an banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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Protestors wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Demonstrators wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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People hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia on September 30, 2017 in Malaga. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Malaga in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before an banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party 'Platform for Catalonia' (PXC) in front of the city hall of Barcelona, on September 30, 2017. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before a banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / PAU BARRENA
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Two people walk as they hold Spanish flags after a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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A girl sporting a Spanish flag painted on her face takes part in a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party 'Platform for Catalonia' (PXC) in front of the city hall of Barcelona, on September 30, 2017. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before a banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / PAU BARRENA
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Protestors gather holding Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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People hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia on September 30, 2017 in Malaga. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Malaga in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before an banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO
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Some protestors hold Spanish pre-constitutional flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Protestors wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Protestors unfold a Spanish flag during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Protestors gather holding Spanisg flags during a demonstration against independence of Catalonia called by DENAES foundation for the Spanish Nation Defence on September 30, 2017 in Madrid. Catalan separatists showed determination today to press ahead with an independence referendum banned by Madrid, occupying dozens of schools designated as polling stations to stop police from closing them down. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
Updated 30 September 2017

Demonstration against independence in Catalonia

Protestors hold Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia called by the xenophobic far-right party 'Platform for Catalonia' (PXC) in front of the city hall of Barcelona, on September 30, 2017. Hundreds of people, many waving red and yellow Spanish flags, rallied in Barcelona in favour of Spanish unity today, a day before a banned independence referendum in Catalonia. / AFP