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Spain celebrates national day amid Catalan secession crisis

By in Press Enterprise on October 12, 2017

By The Associated Press

By CIARAN GILES and ARITZ PARRA
Associated Press

MADRID — Thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain in Spain marked the country’s national day Thursday, marching through Barcelona waving both Spanish and Catalan flags and shouting “I am Spanish,” as the region’s threats of independence have left the country in crisis.

Meanwhile, in the national capital Madrid, troops and police paraded in front of King Felipe VI, accompanied by national and regional politicians. Thousands of people waving Spanish flags lined the sidewalk of Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana avenue for the military parade.

The pilot of a fighter jet taking part in the Madrid parade died when the plane crashed while landing at a base in Albacete, some 300 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of the Spanish capital, authorities said.

  • People hold banners and Spanish flags as they celebrate a holiday known as “Dia de la Hispanidad” or Spain’s National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Spain’s celebrates its national day amid one of the country’s biggest crises ever as its powerful northeastern region of Catalonia threatens independence. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

  • A Spanish military personnel shouts out in a military parade during the national holiday known as “Dia de la Hispanidad” or Hispanic Day, in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. King Felipe VI is to preside over the annual colorful parade Thursday as Spain awaits a response to a government request to Catalonia to clarify by Monday if it has already declared independence, in which case Spain warns it may begin taking control of the region. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    A Spanish military personnel shouts out in a military parade during the national holiday known as “Dia de la Hispanidad” or Hispanic Day, in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. King Felipe VI […]    

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