Unionists demonstrate against Catalonia independence push

Hundreds of thousands of Spanish unity supporters rallied in Barcelona on Sunday to oppose the push by Catalan regional leaders for independence. Spain’s central government dismissed Catalonia’s regional government including President Carles Puigdemont, and dissolved its parliament after lawmakers there declared independence, a move Madrid called illegal. The central government called a regional election, and the first opinion poll, published Sunday, showed unionist political parties holding a small lead, with 43.4 percent support against the pro-independence side’s 42.5 percent. The pro-independence side won overwhelmingly in a recent referendum that the Spanish government tried to disrupt and unity supporters boycotted.

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